Grant helps Barbara Olson Center of Hope acquire new sensory tools

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Barbara Olson Center of Hope showcases new "sensory stimulation" tools that aim to help individuals with certain disabilities.

The local resource center expanded its expanded its set of sensory stimulation tools with help from a Alpine Kiwanis grant

From vivid colors to different textures, the tools are geared for people with autism by helping them develop and engage their senses.

"They might have a hard time with different items maybe that if they're rough, soft, too hot or too cold," said Kelley Peterson, director of participant services. "We try to introduce them to a variety of things that can meet their needs, so then it's not as difficult for them, and they can be more independent in their lives."