A recent jewellery sale at a member’s home raised £300 in aid of St. Peter’s School’s new sensory ‘Rainbow Room’. This adds to the £1200 already raised by other means. It was a lovely relaxed (for guests anyway!) social morning where, over coffee and a selection of delicious cakes, guests could browse an enormous array of jewellery donated by friends.
The Rainbow Room is timetabled for use throughout the school day. It provides a calming, yet stimulating environment for children who have additional needs such as autism. It has also been used by children who have experienced an emotional difficulty and who may need a little time away from the busy classrooms.
The Room provides an ideal space for children on the autistic spectrum to have ‘intensive interaction’ sessions and also for those who may need some ‘chill out’ time. It is also an invaluable space for visitors from the Special Educational Needs Inclusion Team and our Speech and Language Therapist to work with our children with SEN and carry out assessments and observations. These professionals as well as a teacher from the Specialist Training in Autism and Raising Standards Team (STARS) have commented on what a great asset the room is to our school.