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The "sensory gym" at Comprehensive Kids' new facility on Norfolk Street.

Not all that many companies have been in expansion mode the past few years. One exception on the Lower East Side is the Comprehensive Kids Development School, a special needs preschool which will soon open a state-of-the-art facility inside 101 Norfolk Street.  It will be the fourth location in this neighborhood for Comprehensive Companies, an organization which also offers a wide range of therapy services for children and adults, as well as home care.

A couple of weeks ago, we spent the afternoon with Comprehensive Executive Director Nathan Sklar, who gave us a tour of the new 18,000 square foot school, located on three floors of a commercial building at the corner of Norfolk and Delancey streets (right next to the Blue Building).

A centerpiece of the school is a 1200 square foot “sensory gym” for children experiencing developmental delays. There’s a ball pit, swings and a pretty cool castle right in the middle of the room.  Troy Pfefferle of a company called Clinic-Pros is overseeing the project.  We crawled inside the castle to have a look at a special lighting system that projects colorful patterns on the ceiling and walls of the play area. It’s one tool Comprehensive teachers use to treat children with sensory issues.