Noah's Ark Sensory Room
Valuing the beautiful and energetic presence of children in church, First Presbyterian Church of Topeka has created a new sensory room, Noah’s Ark, for children and youth to utilize should they experience a meltdown, are over stimulated or simply need a break. The sensory room, located in the Children’s Library, is designed so children can self-regulate or calm down and then return to the classroom or church service ready to learn.
The room features low lighting, soft music, calming bottles, sensory boxes, learning bags, stress balls, exercise ball, puzzles, board games and a reading corner.
Sensory rooms have been added to schools, churches and other learning centers with much success, and by adding Noah’s Ark, FPC is striving to adhere to similar high standards of meeting behavioral and emotional needs of children and youth.
Parents are welcome to accompany their child(ren) to Noah’s Ark, but it will also be staffed by a volunteer who has undergone certification and a background check through Safe Gatherings. Safe Gatherings is a biblically-based boundary-awareness and abuse-prevention program developed to certify volunteer workers, staff and clergy, enabling them to work with children.