Sensory Needs Respite Weekends
Stepping Stones offers Sensory Needs Respite Weekends during the school year for teens at our Allyn Campus near Batavia, Ohio.
The Sensory Needs Respite program is a haven where teens with extreme sensory needs and behavior challenges are welcome. The program allows the participants to have fun and get away from home – while fulfilling their needs for sensory input and constant support. Each participant has use of an iPad and is paired with a talented, trained staff member. Together, they develop social skills, work through behavior challenges and participate in activities that focus on the senses. This 1:1 pairing is maintained throughout the season of multiple weekends.
Two Sensory Needs Respite Weekends are held each month, September through May.
Sleeping quarters have controlled sound, light and security features. Other features include:
The construction room. Set up like a workshop with work benches and tools along the wall, this is an area where we work on further developing fine motor skills while having a blast! Participants build small muscle strength, fine motor control and dexterity while having fun building with Legos, K-Nex, and Squigz.
The Gross Motor Room. This room is filled with bright colors and a wide variety of things to help further develop gross motor skills while burning off some energy. Here, we swing, play with exercise balls, medicine balls, crash mats and more. This kind of activity can also have a calming effect on some participants.
The Intergalactic Sensory Room. This room encourages participants to explore their environment while providing a place to relax and decompress. Our sensory room is outer space themed with planetary carpets and interactive wall games and art. Lining the walls are sensory toys that are squishy, sticky, and light up. It is a safe place to explore the senses.
The 1:1 Space. This room is set up like a classroom with a whiteboard on one side, shelves full of puzzles, workbooks and more educational tools and a table just for two people. This space encourages social interaction between a participant and their assigned staff member and enables learning opportunities over the weekend.
The Sensory Trail. Weather permitting, we get outdoors to experience nature up close and personal. The trail serves as a typical playground in the form of multiple stations through the woods of the Allyn Campus. Starting just before Aspen Lodge, the trail loops behind the lodge and you soon come to the first of 6 stations: the Push/Pull station. This station houses a field of punching bags that can be used for lots of fun sensory input and output. Other stations include the sandbox, the balancing station, the climbing station, swings, and a spinning station.