Autism: New Classroom Designed to Minimize Sensory Distractions

A student at Washington State University has designed a classroom aimed at reducing sensory distractions that can increase anxiety and stress in children with autism. The student, Melissa Anderson, examined how common classroom distractions interfere with learning. Anderson "found that factors such as lighting, noise, clutter and crowding all triggered prolonged periods of anxiety and stress. This, in turn, resulted in behavioral disturbances, more dependence on classroom staff and "a decreased ability to perceive and process information,” she concluded. 

Anderson's project is called  "The physical environment and cognition: How characteristics of the classroom impact learning and behaviors in students with autism.”   

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©Mary M Conneely T/A Advocacy in Action

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