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How new features at an Eau Claire school help students with learning disabilities

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Northwoods Elementary School in Eau Claire has new improvements in one of its classrooms to better aid students with special needs.

After Special Education Assistant, Cheryl Moss, received a grant in February 2017, she decided to put the money to good use by adding more sensory features like texture boards, lighting fixtures and learning tools to assist kids with special needs. 

According to Lifespan Therapies, schools can be a challenging place for students with special needs to learn and grow because of the extra distractions like locker doors slamming, loud classrooms, and a lot of different motions.

Sensory rooms give students with learning needs, a place where they can go to calm down and relieve anxieties.

Sensory rooms have active learning stations, like textured walls, puzzle areas, rice boxes, and active areas like trampolines or ball pits. Moss said these different activities can sooth a child with a learning disability. 

"So many kids have benefited from this room," Moss said. "By just being able to come in and learn in their own way, and it's been such a success for our school."

Northwoods Elementary School is one of the four elementary "cluster site" schools in the Eau Claire Area School District. According to Northwoods Principal, Robert Modjeski, a cluster site means the school is able to offer additional staffing and curriculum to help students with disabilities. 

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