May 18, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
University’s Children’s Learning Center Receives Grant from
the Autism Project of Southern Ohio
Imagine a place where disabled children can go to escape
from the classroom improving their senses, coordination and
overall awareness. Shawnee State University’s Dr. Miller &
Genevieve Toombs Children’s Learning Center will have this
kind of room available the near future thanks to a grant
from the Autism Project of Southern Ohio.
Wendy Potts, president of the Autism Project donated $2,000
for the sensory room and the CLC must raise $1,000 to
complete the sensory room.
“The room will be of special use to our young learners who
may have a sensory processing disorder that impacts their
learning and development,” said Beth Rice, director of the
The Autism Project has donated money for sensory rooms at
East Portsmouth Elementary in Sciotoville and in Pike and
Lawrence counties also.
A sensory room is a place where students with disabilities
will be able to escape from the classroom setting. Sensory
rooms are usually equipped with a variety of activities for
students. For instance, in some sensory rooms students may
explore textures of fabrics, experiment with tearing
different types of paper, or listen to a recording of nature
sounds. Many students with disabilities have trouble
processing sensory input but in this room they will be able
to manage their sensory input.
For more information, contact Beth Rice at (740) 351-3252.
The Autism Project of Southern Ohio recently donated $2,000
to Shawnee State University’s Dr. Miller & Genevieve Toombs
Children’s Learning Center for a sensory room. The CLC needs
to raise another $1,000 to complete the room. In the photo,
Wendy Potts, president of the Autism Project (third from
left), gives a check to Beth Rice (second from left),
director of the CLC. Also in the photo are CLC teachers,
Amanda Hedrick, left, Hetty Phillips, second from right, and
Teresa Davis, right.