ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — As a fierce advocate for people with disabilities, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is highlighting the new sensory room through the Northern Will County Special Recreation Association (NWCSRA).
“The NWCSRA is an invaluable resource for our community, and the opening of their new sensory room is no exception. Through immersive sensory experiences, people of various abilities have the opportunity to grow and learn about themselves,” Manley said. “As a community, we must continue to uplift people with disabilities and provide them with the experiences, resources and support they need to thrive.”
A sensory room is a therapeutic space that combines a variety of stimuli to help people regulate their bodies and emotions. Anyone can benefit from time in a sensory room but particularly those experiencing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, chronic stress, mental health issues or other forms of disability. Through different activities and stimuli, sensory rooms increase attention and concentration, decrease problem behaviors, reduce stress and de-escalate heightened emotions.
Community members can register for sensory room sessions at https://nwcsra.org/programs/sensory-room/.