Have you ever sat in a compression kayak? Hugged a hug-a-boo? Touched a dynamic thermo touch wall or played with mermaid fabric? For most of us the answers to those questions would be a resounding no, but for many students at Laning Avenue School those events are a daily practice. That is because those items are part of their experience in the new Laning Avenue Sensory Room.

You may be thinking, what is a sensory room? According to the latest definition on Wikipedia, ”A sensory room is a special room designed to develop a person's sense, usually through special lighting, music, and objects. It can be used as a therapy for children with limited communication skills”. Traditionally sensory rooms were intended for students with special needs, but over recent years that concept has dramatically shifted to include any student who needs to achieve a sense of calm or re-focus. That is exactly what Mrs. Diane Conboy, a speech language pathologist at Laning Avenue School, had in mind when she came up with the idea. She envisioned a sensory room that could serve the students two-fold. One, it could serve any student in a state of anxiety or agitation by providing a soothing place to de-escalate or calm down, or two,