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Peace Place adds a "Calm" Room!
Our second classroom, the "Calm Room," is the perfect place for a child to explore, relax and find appropriate outlets for their sensory needs. A sensory room is a therapeutic space with a variety of equipment that provides students with special needs with sensory input keyed to their needs. It helps them calm and focus themselves so they can be better prepared for interacting with others in our respite care setting.
A very special thank you goes to Ashley Williams, occupational therapist and owner of Ages & Stages, LLC, who supervised our intern Joey McGuire, an occupational therapy major at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Joey designed and implemented the room’s many amenities. (He is pictured at left by the sensory wall he designed.) Ms. Williams also provided a detailed training for Peace Place staff on using the room's equipment with prudence and attention to the needs of the individual child.
We have many community benefactors to thank for helping us to outfit our new room, including the Marshall & Mary Brondum Special Assistance Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, the Board of Advisors of Peace Place and several members of First Presbyterian Church. Most important, we thank property manager Craig Anton for providing both advice and assistance in the proper installation of all of the equipment.