Eleva-Strum students create ‘sensory safe space’ bus for young children

Eleva-Strum students work to turn a bus into a “sensory safe space.” The goal is to help children, many of whom have disabilities, to take a break before returning to the classroom.

Eleva-Strum High School students are working with a tiny home builder to convert a shuttle bus into a safe space for 4k students to decompress, WEAU-TV reports.

“We get to do a lot of things many high schoolers don’t get to do and it’s a real-world experience here,” student Garrett Zimpel told the station. The students are working with the Eau Claire-based tiny home company No Boundaries Tiny Homes.

An occupation therapist working with the DC Everest, Alison Vlietstra, tells the TV station that many of the children in the 4k program have some level of disability.

“Some of them have sensory processing regulation disabilities and some of them have autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, some just have developmental delays,” Vlietstra said. The bus is intended to give space to children when they need it, with the goal of returning them to the classroom.

Read the story and watch a video at the TV station’s website.

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