Two life skills teachers receive 1+1 scholarship for sensory wall

RAPID CITY, S.D. – This week’s 1+1  winners were two teachers at Robbinsdale Elementary School.

Kharley Newman and Rebekah Pett dedicate their time and efforts into teaching life skills to students with special needs. They teach students that have specific sensory needs and struggle with cognitive and verbal skills.

The recipients decided to combine their classroom earlier in the year,  in order to better meet the needs of their students. They call it a sensory classroom because it meets the needs of their students with sensory disorders.

Children that struggle with sensory processing disorders are often hypersensitive to stimuli such as noises, smells, and textures. Autism is also a disorder which typically involves sensory issues. Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is strictly sensory processing symptoms, while Autism involves sensory symptoms along with difficulty socializing and other developmental struggles.  Newman and Pett teach children with SPD, Autism, and other disorders.

For quite some time the two teachers have wanted to put a sensory wall in their sensory room. The wall will have different textures for the kids to touch and explore. This helps them build a tolerance to textures that they are sensitive to.

With the $500 from NewsCenter1 and First Interstate Bank, they hope to get started on their sensory wall.Robbinsdale Elementary School in Rapid City, S.D. on Dec. 7, 2018

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