Amy Maplethorpe is a speech therapist who has tried something to help children with sensory problems. It was the students at Raymond Ellis Elementary School in Round Lake, Illinois who benefited from Maplethorpe's invention.
What is it all about?
Sensory chairs are used for students who have difficulty processing information about their senses and the world around them (such as children with autism or Down syndrome).
The texture of the tennis balls on the chairs provides different sensations to these children, and Ms. Maplethorpe noticed that it enhanced their sensory regulation and decreased their agitation. "The first-year students who used the chair, became more patient and followed the instructions," she said.
An altruistic gesture from this speech therapist who tries everything to help children, congratulations!