Multi-Sensory Environment Unveiled at James H. Boyd

Multi-Sensory Environment Unveiled at James H. Boyd photo

James H. Boyd Intermediate School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly finished Multi-Sensory Environment room on March 19. Multi-sensory environments, which benefit children who need help developing sensory, communication, and motor skills, are becoming more popular in public schools across the country. This room in particular was made possible by many members of the Elwood community who donated time and materials.

Community member Anthony A. Lauto, who worked with school psychologist Adam Goudreau to get this project off the ground, started the ceremony by cutting the red ribbon over the door to the room.

Three years ago, Mr. Goudreau was inspired to create a sensory room and recruited the help of Mr. Lauto, who has two sons in the Elwood School District, one of which is in the district’s special education program.

“Positive changes within a community always require someone to be driving the train, and in this case, it was Mr. Lauto,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert.

All of those in attendance, including Dr. Bossert, Principal Denise Toscano, Board of Education President Julia Fried, Board members Heather Mammolito and Deborah Weiss, were invited inside to see the room and to recognize those who donated time and materials to make the room possible.

“Once a tree grows, you can’t bend it,” said Mr. Lauto, in the midst of his recognitions. “We’re investing in the little ‘trees’ in this school to help them grow—and this room is the catalyst to provide significant therapeutic results for these kids.”

This new room contains state-of-the art equipment such as KETRA lighting, which can change color and intensity, an LED bubble tube, fiber optic spray lighting setups, platform swings, customized wall mural, padded flooring, and more. The Elwood Booster club, as well as local businesses such as the Lighting Gallery, Inc., The Honest Audio Video & Lighting Co., Camber Strategies, LLC., and Impact Graphics donated all of the funds and equipment to make the multi-sensory environment possible. All this equipment can serve to amplify different types of therapy, including occupational, speech, and physical therapies.

“This room took a lot of love and work, and I can’t thank all those who helped enough for making our dream come true,” said Principal Dr. Denise Toscano.