ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL)- Kids with sensory integration issues, like those with anxiety disorders or autism, will now have a safe place at one Tri-Cities high school. Elizabethton School Superintendent Dr. Corey Gardenhour said Elizabethton High School is making history today as the first in the school system to have a sensory-friendly room.
The room was made possible with donations from Thomas Davis and Amy Pate with Edward Jones Investments In Elizabethton who provided items from a wish list made by the special needs department. The room and items can help a person in a heightened state feel safe and calm down.
EHS special needs teacher Forrest Holt said the classroom gained several items through the school system and from parents, including padded flooring and walls, bean bags and foam body pillows. Thomas Davis provided a fit chair, a sensory swing, led water ripple lights and water beads/
Gardenhour said he is excited to see the impact that these items will have on the special needs classes. He said, “We’ve never had (a sensory room) before so we’re really excited, it’s a first in the system for us and after seeing the success of this room so far with the response from the children, we want to do more.”
Many children on the autism spectrum have sensory issues and Gardenhour says this room will help meet the needs of more students at EHS. Gardenhour said, “We want to make sure that every student in our school system is successful and our special needs students are no different.”
“We want to make sure that every student has a quality experience within our school system,” he said.
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