Stony Brook’s “sensory room,” a space designed by the Student Disability Support Center (SASC) to provide a safe and soothing refuge to neurodiverse students, is highlighted in a Washington Post article about the growing number of schools that offer special rooms where students with anxiety, autism, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder or sensory challenges can go to decompress.
The story recounts how SASC Director Wendi Mathews turned a waiting room into a sensory room.
“The long, wide space has comfy couches, decorated with sensory pillows — some fuzzy, some with sequins that have a satisfying feel and sound when stroked. There are a few low chairs. Sometimes, people with sensory issues feel better closer to the ground, so they don’t get dizzy looking down,” the article reports.
“Wall stickers have textures that some people enjoy running their fingers up and down. The wall of screens with endless bubbles remains the most striking feature.”