Have you ever abstained from attending a certain event to avoid aggravating your loved one with autism? Instead of trying to teach your child to adjust to these types of sensory-overloading events, these events are starting to cater to the needs of individuals with autism.
What better example of an event to avoid than America’s favorite pastime -baseball. All the factors that make baseball exciting, the screams of the crowd, the smells of hot dogs and peanuts, and the blaring music, are also the ones that tend to overwhelm children with autism. However, an article on WGN TV News tells us that baseball stadiums around the country have recently decided to do something about it.
Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg, Illinois has built quiet rooms that block outside noise and turn the volume to a minimum for families who need a sensory break. These rooms are available to anyone who needs a quiet space.
Rich Maston of Autism Home Support Services talks about the benefits of these rooms, “[Parents] get to control the amount of sensory input their child experiences that day. We have families who haven’t gone out to eat together as a family for years because the experience can be overwhelming based on the sight and the sounds [and] the smells.
In addition, families in support of the construction of these rooms say, “Sometimes, it only takes ten minutes to recalibrate and center kids who are experiencing sensory overload.”