—Application examples in Primary schools—
St.Michael’s C.E. Primary School
【Purser:From an interview with Rosie Hergenhan】
St. Michael’s C.E. Primary School is located in Enfield, a town a little far from London. There is a sensory room at this school as well.
This school adopted this space based on parents’ opinions, because “many primary schools are beginning to adopt it,” and sensory rooms are becoming quite common in primary schools in London.
The school used bubble tubes, a special device often used in sensory rooms, but all the other goods were home-use goods, projectors and cushions that are also used in regular classrooms.
At first, I felt a little uncomfortable as a sensory room, but the words of Ms. Rosie Hergenhan, who answered the interview, solved that uncomfortable feeling.
“Each child has a different environment in which to settle down.”
This space was a place where the goal was to calm down in a group class, and Lego bricks were an effective tool for some children to do so.
From Our Activities
We were the first in Japan to introduce snoezelen rooms in regular primary schools.
A snoezelen room for children with disabilities would inevitably be expensive if the environment were to be set up, and it could not be introduced in its original form, so we proposed an environment with the minimum necessary equipment and alternatives.