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New Sensory Room Opens at DWI

 

Sensory Room Opens!

 

Thanks to a grant from Festival of Trees and under the guidance and direction of Carrie McGinnes and Laura Clay, the new Sensory Room was opened today for both Clients and Staff to utilize and enjoy.

 

Carrie McGinnes

Carrie McGinnes, Development Specialist, has been with DWI just over 2 years, but has worked in the Developmental Disability Services industry for over 16 years.  She mentioned the inspiration for the Ocean theme was from her time in Warwick, Rhode Island.  When overwhelmed she would go down and sit on the sea wall and listen to the sounds of the seashore to relieve the stresses of the day.

Laura Clay, Lead Developmental Specialist, has been with DWI for just over 2 years, but has worked in the Developmental Disability Services industry for over 10 years.  Her vision was to fulfill a need that individuals who had some sensory related deficiencies had a place to fulfill those needs. 

The team visited other agencies that had a sensory room or rooms, plus researched and investigated what types of equipment and tools were more successful on a regular basis. This room is designed for both Children and Adults and is open to Clients as well as Staff.

The hope is that people can visit the room for those moments when they need some quiet time to refocus, away from the distractions of the day.                                                   

DWI CEO McKayla and Carrie

DWI Staffmember Seth trying out the Sensory Room

McKayla testing the bean bag chair with weighted blanket

Touch Materials 

Lego Wall and floor tiles

Water Tube and Comfy Chair

Touchscreen