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Heights Elementary School opens sensory room

Posted at 10:36 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 22:36:37-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Heights Elementary School is mixing play with purpose for its exceptional student education, or ESE, kids.

The school recently opened a "Sensory room," to provide an outlet for those students.

It came about after ESE teachers noticed that their kids were having a tough time transitioning from one subject to another.

Now every day, those students can spend 20 minutes at one of a dozen stations, designed to engage all five senses, promote language skills and burn energy.

"It is basically just like a reset button," said Heights Elementary School Behavior Specialist, Danielle Baxter.

There are two smaller scale versions of this room currently operating at two other Lee County schools.

But teachers at Heights Elementary say they hope this trend will catch on across the district.