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Tools for Schools: Sensory pathways help students shake off energy

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – Sometimes we all need to move to get out extra energy. The same goes for young ones in school. One occupational therapist at Halmstad Elementary School is hoping new sensory pathways will help.

Each month, News 18 along with Asher Lasting Exteriors and CCF Banks awards one area teacher with our ‘Tools for Schools’ grant. This month’s went to Megan Hedtke, a school-based occupational therapist.

Hedtke wants to provide students with more sensory pathways. Sensory pathways are decals on the floor giving movement directions so kids can hop, shake and wiggle out any energy on their way to class or in the middle of a lesson.

“The movement pathways just gives them the opportunities to reorganize and readjust their bodies,” Hedtke said. “That actually boosts their cognitive functioning and boost their attention so they can get back to what they need to do for the rest of the day.”

She told News 18 she has seen an improvement in her students when they are able to use the pathways. She also thinks the new pathways will be beneficial during the cold winter months when they have to stay inside for recess.

If you are a teacher and are interested in applying for the $500 grant, click/tap here.

Katie Phernetton

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