We offer a year round weekday program from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm for 5 to 7 year old children in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our mission is to use and apply neuroscience, psychology, and love to co-create and maintain a safe and supportive environment that maximizes positive learning opportunities for gifted and sensory children.
The core building blocks of a successful and actualized adult are a deep understanding of self, the ability to relate and adapt to the environment, and the ability to build and maintain connections with others. Babies start to build concepts of themselves, their environment, and others through the use of their still developing 8 senses (touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight, vestibular, proprioception, and interoception). By looking at the world as a scale of sensory stimulation to be processed in conjunction with a still developing nervous system we can better understand and help these unique children create and use the tools they need to thrive.
Our pedagogy is structured around the understanding that our bodies and minds are integrated and must be approached as a whole. Learning doesn’t take place only in the mind, it occurs in body and mind simultaneously. Therefore we integrate nourishment, neuroscience, and mindfulness to help children on their path to self-actualization and self-transcendence.
We partner with our families to support our childrens’ basic physiological needs so when they come to Sensory School, they are ready and able to be present for enrichment. We ask in our contract that families commit to the shared goal of providing their children with wholesome nourishment (food, water, and clean air), restful sleep, and a safe, warm shelter. We fully understand sensory children can struggle with basic need fulfillment, and just ask that we commit to working together to support our children in this area.
We foster a culture of inclusivity and respect. We create a physically and emotionally safe space, integrating neuroscience and trauma resiliency into the design of our school to encourage opportunities for deactivation and calm. We will do everything within our power to insure Sensory School will be a safe place for your child.
Sensory School is by definition a diverse community with the distinctive needs of our children at the heart of what brings us together. Like gemstones, our imperfections are what make each of us strong, beautiful, and unique. Diversity enriches education and life – helping us to better understand each other and ourselves. Our core values of mutual respect, integrity, communication, compassion, and positive humor are what enable us to maintain a collaborative and engaged community. We embrace each and every person who touches our school as a fellow human being with the basic rights of life, self-ownership, and freedom. Our practices and policies are developed to honor all similarities and differences in a positive and supportive manner.
Amber Dawn Sutter is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, a Certified Early Childhood Associate Teacher, an Organic Intelligence Heart Program student, and a mother of two girls. She created Safe Space Parent Coaching and Sensory School. She received a firsthand lesson in Sensory Integration when her daughter was diagnosed at age 2 with Sensory Processing Disorder. Though the process of learning to better support her daughter and strengthen herself Amber discovered Organic Intelligence, a program developed by Steven Hoskins out of his training in Somatic Experiencing. These tools for healing trauma and building resiliency combined with Letha Marchetti’s (Occupational Therapist) “Daisy Petal” method have produced optimal results in helping her daughter. Amber helps neurodiverse children, parents, and families build and apply tools for resiliency and healing in the midst of sensory integration issues, giftness, other nuerodiversities, and trauma.