Newburgh students journey to Knighthood on new sensory path


NEWBURGH, In. (WEHT) — Some students in Warrick County now have a brand new adventure right in their very own hallway.

It includes knights, crocodiles, and even a dragon.

“Everybody needs a little brain break.”

In the halls of Sharon Elementary, students are taming dragons on their way to knighthood.

“It is pretty cool,” says 5th grader Klaxton Cook.

The sensory path is a creative way to get children to use their motor planning skills and learn self-control.

“It actually helps children to multi-task, complete complex directions,” says speech teacher Carrie Oberst.

“It gives the kids a chance to release their energy, dodge all the obstacles and be quiet.” says Cook.

Paths like this have been used as therapy for kids with autism and other sensory disorders.

“It could benefit them a little bit more maybe, but the truth is it benefits all children.”

This path is for everyone, and everyone has their own style.

“I just walk,” laughs cook.

This sensory path is different from others, because there are no instructions.

“We didn’t want to say jump on one foot, because if they can’t do it then they feel like they can’t participate.”

The path mirrors the students own journeys through the school system.

“I had this vision of a crusade to knighthood,” says Oberst about the design.

Their journey starts as a Sharon Crusader, and continues as a Castle Dragon in middle school.

“This painting right here represents a dragon sleeping…”

And finally, it finishes as a Knight on the way to high school graduation.

“You have to make it to the castle.”

Sharon Elementary’s art teacher designed the path, and work finished at the beginning of the school year.

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(This story was originally published on August 22, 2019)

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