VISION

Children with special needs are
purposefully included in the community.

Mission

To serve children with special needs and their families with customized, sensory-based programs to maximize developmental potential leading to independence and inclusion.

Values

The teachers, therapists, and staff have gone above and beyond to make sure our son is given every opportunity to succeed to the best of his ability. Thanks to ISW Academy, Mason has a place where he is valued as a person, despite his disabilities.

Not only has my child’s development exploded during his time at Sensory World, but we have also been able to learn effective strategies to improve our home life. I have been most impressed with how the staff will try many techniques to achieve a goal and if something isn’t working, they will find what will work. My son is loved for who he is, and that makes my heart happy.

There aren’t enough hours in the day to describe how great this place is. If you’re wondering, just take the leap. It will change your whole family’s life for the better. It’s one of the few places where every staff member will love your kid just as much as you do!

She has developed friendships and has formed relationships with her teachers, and this is huge for her development.

History

Founded in October of 2007, It’s a Sensory World! was created by a parent, Rekha Suryanarayana, and a teacher, Angela Stephens. Together their vision was to create a space where children with special needs would not only be accepted but celebrated.

It’s a Sensory World! began as the first recreational sensory gym in the state and the second in the nation. Over time, It’s a Sensory World! has grown to include unique, sensory-based educational and recreational programming filling the service delivery gaps in the region. Today, it’s a Sensory World! serves hundreds of children with special needs and their families from 70+ zip codes throughout North Texas and is well-known in the community for providing heartfelt, high-quality services.

Team

Board

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REKHA SURYANARAYANA

Co-Founder & Board Chairman

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LOUIS N. LEE III (BUDDY)

Board Member

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JOHN FOLEY

Board Member

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SHARILYN GETZ

Board Member

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SCOTT WINKLER

Board Member

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JANET G KECKEISEN

Board Member

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Team

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ANGELA STEPHENS

Executive Director

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KALIE TANGREDI

Development Assistant


Emily Primrose

Administrative Assistant

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REBECCA MCBRIDE

ISWA Program Coordinator

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ASHLEY DEAVER

Director of Administration

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MYKAELA JOHNSON

Recreational Program Coordinator

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BRIA MANNING

Social Coach


Jasmine Ridge

Program Assistant


Sydney Simmons

Sensory Motor Coach


Chloe Connors

Kid Care Instructor/Program Assistant


Aliyah Ransom-Bell

Teacher


Dacey Gelino

Teacher

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KJELSON LOGAN

Teacher


Mia Chapa

Teacher

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JAMIE GOOGINS

Teacher

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Kimberly Duncan

Teacher


Matteson Williams

Teacher

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SEAN SMITH

Teacher


Robina Wilson

Teacher

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JULISSA RUIZ

Teacher

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KAREN ROCHA

Teacher


MARIA HERRERA

Sensory Motor Coach

Approach / Model of Care

It’s a Sensory World! holds a DIR® ACCREDITATION through The International Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). DIR® is the Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based approach that has become the foundation for understanding child development and providing support and intervention that helps children reach their fullest potential.

DIRFloortime® (also known as Floortime) uses the DIR® foundation to provide an intervention for children with Autism and other mental health and developmental disabilities that have been shown through research and practice to be very effective.

DIR® ACCREDITATION is a process by which programs, practices, organizations, or schools can show that they are implementing DIR®practices and policies in a way that ensures to their community that they are providing actual DIR® services and high fidelity Floortime (Floortime that is consistent with the evidence-based therapeutic model).