The Sensory Courtyard is a local concept developed by Mary Robinson, a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist with Fremont Public Schools. It is a space of approximately 30′ by 80′ consisting of specialized areas, each designed to spark one or more of the five senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, and Taste. The Sensory Courtyard has a positive sensory impact, and benefits all ages in the community and surrounding areas. It offers an atmosphere of sensory stimulation, and enhances awareness to support those with special needs, including those with tactile defensiveness.
"While assisting those with special needs is the main goal, one of the ‘Courtyard’s’ greatest assets is its non-discriminating nature, offering accessibility to everyone."
No matter what their background, individuals have opportunities to actively participate in unique (hands-on) educational experiences, examine fossils, gaze at reflecting lights, detect mirrors, hear wind chimes, listen to a water feature, and experience plants that provide a sense of touch, smell or taste. The Sensory Courtyard encourages the exploration of new textures, awakens the five senses, includes advanced technology, promotes positive attitudes, and creates more productive learners.
“"We are so grateful for the sensory courtyard!!! It is truly an AMAZING place!!!"
In the News
The Sensory Courtyard came to life Tuesday evening as more than 20 children laughed and played while exploring the eight attractions inside of the Main Street Education and Administration building.
Rotating in small groups, children involved with the local group, Fremont Families Supporting Autism, spent an hour investigating everything that the courtyard has to offer.
The group started three years ago as a way for families who have autistic children to unite, learn and grow together, said Theresa Muhle, group organizer. View entire article online...