Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES News Article

"Sense-ational" Halloween fun

Students in the Ridgecrest Academy gym

Ridgecrest Academy students were treated to a series of frightfully fun sensory challenges brewed up by occupational therapist Julie Moretti to celebrate Halloween. The school’s gym was eerily transformed for the day. Students climbed a creepy rope “spider web”, scaled a looming cliff (rock climbing wall), piloted scooters around a shadowy obstacle course lit by glowing jack-o’-lanterns and created repulsive, squishy pumpkin slime. Activities also included some more traditional (and tasty) trick-or-treats. 

“We are tailoring occupational therapy to student interests to make the activities more engaging,” said Moretti. “This was a way to appeal to the students’ imaginations and increase their willingness to explore different sensory experiences. We had almost 100% participation for our ‘Halloween Sensations’!”

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