Carlisle Elementary incorporates sensory path to school day

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A local elementary school in Sullivan County is finding new ways to encourage their students to get their wiggles out.

This after the Carlisle Elementary and Junior High School Parent Teacher Organization helped fund the $1,500 purchase of a sensory path for students.

Sensory paths were originally created for children on the autism spectrum with sensory problems.

However the benefits impact all children.

The Sensory Path, the company behind the phenomenon has presented research on how each of the specially formulated sensory movements impact a child’s learning.

And teachers at Carlisle have already noticed a difference in their students.

“When I see that we’re losing focus, that we need that, we’ll come out here as a group,” said second grade teacher Jennifer Simpson. “And sometimes it’s just you know a couple of kids that need that break they can come out here.”

Third grade teacher Cindra Hiatt uses the sensory path as an incentive for her students.

“Get your wiggles out. Come back to the room and get to the task at hand,” she explained. “So they understand this is a fun for right now, but then get back in and get to it.”

After seeing the positive impact made by the sensory path, the school is considering the addition of a sensory playground.

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