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Published October 10, 2013, 08:18 PM

Developmental Achievement Center provides multi-sensory room for clients

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - When you first step into a new room in Detroit Lakes, you'll think you're walking into a dream disco, or maybe even a spaceship.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - When you first step into a new room in Detroit Lakes, you'll think you're walking into a dream disco, or maybe even a spaceship.

All of the lights, sounds and feelings make up the Developmental Achievement Center's multi-sensory room.

Hit the lights and crank the music; it looks like there's new a new place to party in town.

Bruce Stearns, Developmentally Disabled: "It's kind of pretty."

But the multi-sensory room at DL's Developmental Achievement Center actually helps people like Bruce Stearns unwind.

Stearns: "I’ve been here for a quite a while"

He's developmentally disabled and visually impaired.

Stearns: "I guess I'm legally blind."

And the $50,000 renovation project is perfect for him.

Cheryl Jahnke, Program Supervisor: "Clients with cognitive impairments, they don't view the world the same as we do, some of them, and so they might have stresses and stuff just from doing things that you and I would take for granted.”

Complete with bubbling tubes of water, a disco ball - Even a water bed.

Jahnke: "We start out with loud music, a lot of vibrations, this bed vibrates, and we gradually bring them down with the music and the lights"

Many of the room's features are interactive. Take this colored cube for example. When you drop it, whatever color is facing up, changes the color of the lights.

Jahnke: “Rather than using medication on someone, using something that won't have an effect on their bodies”

Stearns: “It's kind of fun being here.”

Each 20 to 30 minute session can be modified to fit every client.

Jahnke: “It's really good for people with dementia, and are agitated, autistic kids, so we're hopeful more people can take the benefits out of here.”

People like Bruce, who leave feeling a little better than when they came in.

Stearns: "I’m calm now."

Bremer Bank, Wells Fargo, and the Hidden Angel Foundation helped to pay for the room.

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