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Sensory rooms opened at Haverhill special school




HAVERHILL: Sensory room opened at Churchill School. Fundraisers Naomi and Simon Hall, Jenny Grainger, Mandy Fear and Jacob Hall, Stowmarket High, Peter Fear from Churchill., Camilla Collins PTA, Georgina Ellis, headteacher, Karen Bowden ocupational therapist.' Picture Mark Westley ANL-151011-184158009
HAVERHILL: Sensory room opened at Churchill School. Fundraisers Naomi and Simon Hall, Jenny Grainger, Mandy Fear and Jacob Hall, Stowmarket High, Peter Fear from Churchill., Camilla Collins PTA, Georgina Ellis, headteacher, Karen Bowden ocupational therapist.' Picture Mark Westley ANL-151011-184158009

Two sensory rooms have officially been opened at a special free school in Haverhill after the funds were raised to kit them out with £20,000 worth of equipment.

Churchill School in Chalkstone Way, which has 50 pupils (building up to 70) aged eight to 18 with autism, speech, language and communication needs, has been saving and raising funds for the specialist equipment since it opened in 2013.

Parents, grandparents, friends of the school and staff have been doing their bit to boost funds, including holding a sponsored walk, car boot sales and pop-up cafès.

Now the equipment has been installed and the rooms are in use, head teacher, Georgina Ellis, explained how the children will benefit from them.

She said: “One is a movement room and one is a more traditional light and sound sensory room.

“Both are used under the supervision of our occupational therapists.

“They take the students to the room, either individually or in small groups, to use the equipment there, so its very much used as a therapy teaching resource.

“It’s very much tailored to each individual child or very small groups of children.”

The kit in the rooms includes a bubble tube, light shows and projection equipment and is used by all the students in the school.

Mrs Ellis added: “Some of our children respond very well to movement and some very well to light, some very well to a calm and relaxed atmosphere, so its about making sure you pick the right area of each room for each particular child.

“If you have one child who doesn’t have some particular skills in one area, we can use the sensory room to help that child.”



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