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Oxford Teacher’s Sensory Path Video Goes Viral

By Anna Grace Usery

Bramlett Elementary School teacher Holly Clay never thought she would receive back-to-back phone calls and emails from foreign countries about something she recently created. However, for the past two days, she’s learned she ignited a passion in others that began right here in Oxford.

Ok I finally was able to get around to filming our sensory path in action! It has been used several times throughout the school day when a kid needs a break, or just needs to be a kid when he can’t keep his wiggles still! I recommend every elementary school in America install one of these! With all the technology push their little bodies build up so much sensory stimulus and they need to unplug so their brain can process information better! Just by jumping, bouncing, bending, pushing, and finally breathing, the sensory build-up is able to release and then all that built up energy can be best utilized by their brain!***This sensory path was designed, digitized, drafted and installed for this particular space and is patent pending, For more information please email me at holly@thesensorypath.com***visit our new website for future ordering information www.thesensorypath.com**Youtube link: https://youtu.be/Md_R27lgzGY**DMCA Copyright 9/3/2018 -Holly Holly Barker Clay ***

Posted by Holly Barker Clay on Monday, September 3, 2018

Her video of a Bramlett Elementary student walking, hopping and jumping along the sensory path she created, painted and implemented at Bramlett has garnered more than 12 million views on her Facebook page.

“I’ve gotten phone calls from Ireland, Greece, Jordan, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa and Pakistan,” she said. “People see the need for this and want to implement it where they are.”

As a special education teacher, Clay said she realizes that kids who may have sensory processing disorders have a hard time focusing in the classroom.

“It’s like their brains get in a fog,” she said.

To combat the fog and give those children a mental reprieve from the hectic school day, Clay spent her summer with a paintbrush in hand and an idea in mind. Outside on the concrete basketball court is a children’s haven, equipped with a hopscotch court, interactive ABCs and 123s, flowers and a maze. Inside, students have the same interactivity with a colorful, winding path that includes a frog jump, sidestep, ABCs and ladybugs.

Pawprints are one of the many pathways Clay painted into the intricate mosaic. Photo by Talbert Toole.

“The teaching assistants are bringing students down the path one and two at a time and it’s engaging that sensory input,” she said. “It helps children go back to their regular general education classes not as aggressive or inattentive as they may have been previously.”

Heather Leonard, public information officer for the Oxford School District, said the district is also receiving calls and messages from all over the world asking about the sensory path Clay created for her students.

“Her work is truly inspiring to our district and now, the millions who have viewed her work,” she said.

Clay said she has a daughter who is on the spectrum and could have benefitted from the sensory when she was in school.

“I’m glad this is bringing more awareness that schools need these,” she said.

For those interested in talking to Clay may contact her through email at hollysclay@yahoo.com.

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