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Sound Off -- Dec. 13, 2013

Insensitive to sensory surround

I am both shocked and dismayed by the number of people who have taken issue with the sensory surround room at Neelin. As an educator who has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for a number of years, I can fully appreciate the need for a sensory surround room. Many people with autism have sensory sensitivity. This can affect one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. A person’s senses can be over-developed (hypersensitive) or under-developed (hyposensitive): both can impact on how people experience, and cope with, different environments. A sensory surround room can make the difference in a student’s ability to stay in school and increase their ability to complete the “three Rs” and to cope with their environment as a whole. Before people comment on matters such as this they should take the time to read about sensory rooms or perhaps even visit a school that has one, so then that at the very least they can make an informed statement.

Is this something we really ‘need?’

Thank you to the Brandon Sun for letting the citizens know about the upcoming budget. In regards to the fibre optics for the airport, can the planes run without this expensive endeavour? Is this more of a want than a need? We taxpayers need to pay less taxes, that’s what we need! It’s not like Brandon air service is busy like the Winnipeg airport!

Youth Centre is a misguided idea

According to Perry Roque the need for a youth centre is an investment in the future. Back in the 1960s there was a youth centre above the old Wheat City arena. Subsequently it closed and was torn down. I don’t believe it helped guide any of the youth to where they are today. All a youth centre today will serve is the few youth who hang out in the downtown area. There are unused community centres if there is such a need for our youth. This is just a misguided idea of our city administration that needs to be reined in and only our city council seems to be able to do it.

Youth centre is an investment in the future

The city’s budget isn’t that far out of control at all this year. And a youth centre downtown is a great idea to keep potential and future troublemakers occupied and off our streets. Very shortsighted to say it should be cut. What we need to fight is the expected double-digit tax hike from the school board.

Don’t sweat the minor things in life

I feel very sad for the man from Accel Towing who was killed while doing his work, trying to help people in trouble. For all of us who are healthy, do not complain about minor things and enjoy being alive. And enjoy your Christmas.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 13, 2013

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Insensitive to sensory surround

I am both shocked and dismayed by the number of people who have taken issue with the sensory surround room at Neelin. As an educator who has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for a number of years, I can fully appreciate the need for a sensory surround room. Many people with autism have sensory sensitivity. This can affect one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. A person’s senses can be over-developed (hypersensitive) or under-developed (hyposensitive): both can impact on how people experience, and cope with, different environments. A sensory surround room can make the difference in a student’s ability to stay in school and increase their ability to complete the “three Rs” and to cope with their environment as a whole. Before people comment on matters such as this they should take the time to read about sensory rooms or perhaps even visit a school that has one, so then that at the very least they can make an informed statement.

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Insensitive to sensory surround

I am both shocked and dismayed by the number of people who have taken issue with the sensory surround room at Neelin. As an educator who has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for a number of years, I can fully appreciate the need for a sensory surround room. Many people with autism have sensory sensitivity. This can affect one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. A person’s senses can be over-developed (hypersensitive) or under-developed (hyposensitive): both can impact on how people experience, and cope with, different environments. A sensory surround room can make the difference in a student’s ability to stay in school and increase their ability to complete the “three Rs” and to cope with their environment as a whole. Before people comment on matters such as this they should take the time to read about sensory rooms or perhaps even visit a school that has one, so then that at the very least they can make an informed statement.

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