St. Bernard Parish Schools recently partnered with the St. Bernard Autism Awareness Krewe to distribute Sensory Go-Bags to community agencies.
Sensory Go-Bags, designed to support children with sensory differences, help students deescalate or calm down in new or challenging environments.
Special Education Supervisor Cheramie Kerth said the needs and challenges of these students do not disappear when students leave school or home.
“Typically, being in the community is the most challenging environment for children with sensory differences,” she said. “This is when our kids most need sensory tools and strategies. The best way to help them is to be sure the sensory tools they may need are right by their sides.”
Sensory bags are individually designed by staff to address each child’s unique needs. Bags were also distributed to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff for its vehicles and to the St. Bernard Parish Fire Trucks. Acadian ambulances will also have bags on hand if needed while assisting students with sensory needs.
Superintendent Doris Voitier said this initiative is another way that the school system is continuing to build connections with students, families, and community partners.
“St. Bernard Parish School Board has made special education a top priority for many years,” she said. “From our upcoming Special Olympics to our newer partnerships, we continue to support the success of all of our students in and out of the classroom.”