My name is Lynda Painter and I have served as director of the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center during the past 29 years. Since 1973, thecenter has provided preschool services to more than 600 families in the Monett area, particularly those with children who have developmental delays and disabilities.
One of our desires for our new building includes a sensory room that can also serve as a safe room during storms. At this time our children are scared to go down to the tornado shelter we currently have at our facility. We want to make the room a fun place to go to during storms but also a therapeutic area for our sensory-seeking children.
We would like this room to include a sand table, crash pads, slime, Play-Doh, boxes of beans or rice, water beads, spinning toys, and trampolines. These activities help our children to feel more in control of their bodies as well as calming activities when they may be upset. At this time we have several of these activities but they are not readily available for the children to use when needed.
Check out our Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/DCMONETT/ — to see photos from when we built a snowman inside and threw snowballs.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! Thank you in advance for your support!