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"It's almost a form of meditation when they come in," explained artist and volunteer Ruby Smith of the Sensory Room at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.

And that's why she was careful when she created the mural in this room.

"They were in the process of creating environment where kids can de-escalate and have a quiet moment," she explained. "It can't be too bright, too overwhelming, it's a place that they feel relaxed and can get their mind off of everything else going on."

The Sensory Room is usually only used by 1 child each day, and the child is only in there for a few minutes usually, but for those few minutes, it's very important.

"I love doing the children's murals because it's so good to hear the next day how well they did in an environment where they can look at those murals," said Smith.

She hides little animals in the landscape for the children to find too.

"I even put texture in the walls so kids can feel," she said.

"When I paint the animals, I make sure they look happy and friendly."

Adding to that safe and friendly feeling the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.

"Everyone is here to give the best we can to these little kiddos," said Smith. "For me it's down to the smallest paint stroke." 

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