A fun and inspired multi-sensory environment designed to meet the various unique sensory needs of everyone on the L.I.F.E. campus. Gross motor activities including climbing, jumping, and swinging are paired with calming visual, auditory, and deep pressure elements to create a balanced regulating space.
Specifically designed with the help of the teen-aged students at LIFE in 2019, this fun space features multiple multiplayer games and activities. Along with video gaming on the Nintendo Switch, mini arcade cabinet, and computers, students and staff can also engage in competitive games of air hockey, foosball, and various board games.
LIFE has two outdoor playgrounds. One playground is utilized by the older classrooms and one for the younger classrooms. Both feature canopies for shade. We have adapted swings on both playgrounds and our Adaptive Activities Facilitator manages a recess bin to promote a physical activity of the month.
The multi-use sports court features multiple basketball hoops of various sizes, a volleyball net, and large storage shed that houses the bikes, tricycles, scooters, and other adapted equipment available to all of campus. In addition to its use for recess and by our Adapted Activities Facilitator for physical education classes, this space is also the home of multiple special holiday events and activities throughout the year.
Many consumers benefit from participating in heavy work (e.g., lifting, pushing, moving heavy items). These re-purposed lockers now serve to provide a heavy work station where teachers or therapists can create individualized activities to help a student or group of students achieve a regulated state. Lockers contain heavy items that students match to the correct locker based on a letter, number, word, or image. The area was specifically designed by an occupational therapist to allow for many different activities so it can be appropriate for multi-age and ability users and to keep things fun and interesting.
Featuring its own basketball hoop and depths up to five feet, the LIFE swimming pool is used for both recreation and therapeutic purposes. A large wading area and ground-installed Hoyer lift help give access to all students, while weekly professional maintenance and on-site shower ensure the pool is clean and safe throughout the hot summer months.
This kitchen space supports many programs. The kitchen is stocked with eating utensils, preparation equipment, as well as range and stove appliances allowing providers to work with their consumers on important life skills in a functional environment. This space also serves as the popular “Snack Shack” where various snack items are sold to staff and where food is prepped for the Academy Wednesday Hot Lunch program both run by the Day Treatment and Employment Department (DTE).
Calming areas our teachers created in their classrooms as part of our regulated classroom program. These special spaces can help a student regain or maintain a calm state which is so important for learning.
A designated area for consumers receiving feeding therapy services this room features a food preparation space, various seating options, a pantry, and a refrigerator. Like other LIFE Specialty Therapy rooms, additional sensory equipment including a ceiling-mounted swing and trampoline are present as well.
A space to help consumers self-regulate. This room features various LED light-up items that can change or fade between colors, including those that do so automatically and others that are interactive and can be controlled via remote. High and low mirrors help visually expand the room and enhance the lights within. Moving bubbles within the bubble tube also provide a soothing sound to the room while relaxing on pillows and beanbag seats.