Dedicated spaces help children overcome emotional and developmental blockages

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CLEARFIELD – Kids battle social, emotional and developmental monsters like never before.

The pandemic has changed routines and therefore interrupted the social, emotional and personal development of many people. In Clearfield, Cornerstone Academy aims to equip children with a “focus room” that channels the five senses to help children regain a sense of calm.

Cornerstone Academy chief operating officer Ava Jacklin said the space is for children ages 5 to 12 in a school setting with behavioral, social and emotional difficulties.

“That doesn’t mean we’re not frustrated or never angry. We can have all of these, what we call negatives, but we can learn to deal with it in a manageable way,” Jacklin said. The focus room is a new space created a little over a month ago.

The sensory just helps them calm down that nervous system enough so they can understand the “why” a bit better. The room also encourages kids to just be kids, with sensory objects like finger puppets, slinky toys, and interactive lights and sounds.

Across the hall is a mindfulness space. The space is to create a sense of calm for young adults and adults. The mindfulness space includes massage chairs as well as areas to rest and dim the lights before entering a therapy session.

The idea is that by keeping their minds at rest, people become the best people. Cornerstone Academy currently works alongside the Davis County School District. Jacklin said they hope to partner more with the Weber County School District.

If you think your child may be a good fit for Cornerstone Academy and the sensory room available, Jacklin encourages you to contact Northern Utah Counseling.

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