All students – and employees – deserve to feel settled and comfortable in the environments in which they spend most of the day. Sensory rooms are an exceptional resource, one that should be prioritized for helping people recharge throughout the day.
This is true for all people, not just those with autism. Imagine a room in your office where you can work out the stress and pressure that builds up over the day, a room specifically designed to stimulate and soothe the senses that need attention so that you can return to your desk, fully focused and re-energized. Improved coping ability, anxiety-release, thought re-organization – these are the potential benefits available to all employees.
But for autistic employees, well, the benefits are simply the difference between being able to maintain employment and feeling unable to cope. It is one element of support that can impact the shocking employment statistics for autistic people – only 16% of autistic adults are in full-time employment, according to the National Autistic Society. This is a tragic waste of talent and it behooves all employers to investigate the ways they can adapt things to encourage and support autistic individuals in the workplace.