Sensory paths constructed at four ACS schools
ALABASTER – With the addition of sensory paths at four Alabaster schools, students now have access to an alternative method of relieving stress and possibly reducing behavioral problems.
Sensory paths were recently installed in Creek View Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Thompson Intermediate School and the Warrior Center.
After hearing about a school is Georgia utilizing sensory paths, Jamia Alexander-Williams, founder of the Angel Warrior Foundation, immediately thought Alabaster City Schools students could benefit from them.
A sensory path is a colorful, creative and playful way for kids to build sensory pathways, which are connections in the brain that are responsible for sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. Sensory paths also help improve motor skills like balance and spatial awareness. Sensory paths help to decrease stress and fidgeting while still engaging the senses and improving focus.
“The sensory path designs include things like ladybugs, frogs and the alphabets in a circle,” Williams said. “The students can interact with these things however they feel. They can jump, hop, touch and do whatever else they feel they want to do.”
Williams reached out to Dr. Keri Johnson, ACS coordinator of secondary curriculum and instruction, to see if the school system would be interested in moving forward with placing sensory paths in Alabaster schools. With Johnson on board, Williams reached out to Project Outreach and THS media center specialists to help cut out the shapes that were used to construct the sensory paths.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, Youth Development Leadership Program participants and THS students Noah Tanner, Abby Grace Walker, Maggie Joe O’Neal, Chloe Sims, and Kennon Hall and Leo Club member Kendall Moseley – spent hours constructing the sensory paths in central areas of the schools where students can access them.
Already, Williams said Creek View and TIS have requested an additional sensory path. Williams said the AWF is always happy to partner with ACS to provide additional resources to students.