Posey Co. Sheriff’s Office adopts sensory equipment kit for children

Posey Co. Sheriff’s Office adopts sensory equipment kit for children

POSEY CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The Posey County Sheriff’s Office recently teamed up with a local mother who has made it her mission to help kids with special needs in the event of a tragedy.

A CAMSE Kit comes equipped with a weighted animal, stickers, stacking blocks, and a fidget toy among other things.

These tools can help deputies keep children with sensory challenges calm while working a scene.

Kelsey Schapker, a Posey County mother, says over the summer her four-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. Then they were almost involved in a head-on car accident.

Schapker says she got to thinking about what a child with sensory challenges may need in a tragic moment if the parents aren’t there to comfort them.

“It was just one of those light-bulb moments," Schapker said. “If my son could use this, other children could as well, and really it just kind of snowballed and here we are. I called Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham, and he said he would absolutely be willing to partner with me on this and put these in his deputies vehicles.”

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Sheriff Latham says these kits were purchased with commissary money.

Schapker says she’s hoping to partner with other agencies in the near future.

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