Sensory Rooms, or Quiet Rooms, supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are a welcomed trend designed for public places supporting unique needs. In the last few years, airports in particular are creating niche spaces for individuals and families in need of a specialized room while traveling.
Our team was excited to be a part of Pittsburgh Airport’s Sensory Room, supporting unique needs with KI Furniture. Each area of the space was specially designed to soothe and comfort visitors to the 1,500 square foot space. Including tactile opportunities, comfortable furniture, and a variety of other design considerations, below is the project drawing where we were happy to get started:
As mentioned in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s article Pittsburgh airport unveils sensory-friendly suite to ease travel experience for those with special needs:
“Pittsburgh International Airport unveiled a sensory-friendly suite Tuesday that allows travelers of all ages who have autism or other special needs a place to decompress and adjust to flying after getting through airport security.
The 1,500-square-foot suite contains a family room, three individual rooms, a quiet room and an airplane experience room, which contains real airline seats, overhead bins and working lights. The airline experience room offers a chance to get accustomed to flying before actually doing it,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
So why is a space like this so important for those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder? According to Autism Speaks:
“Autism’s sensory issues can involve both hyper-sensitivities (over-responsiveness) and hypo-sensitivities (under-responsiveness) to a wide range of stimuli.”
Imagine being a child experiencing this sensory overload in a busy airport, complete with bright lights, loud sounds, and large crowds. A space to decompress can do wonders for those who feel things just a little more intensely.
Named “Presley’s Place” after the nonverbal son of a Pittsburgh Airport’s employee, the emotional and physical support this room will bring to children and parents alike is indescribable where form and function collide. Click below to watch a 1 minute video touring the final space:
Additionally, below are a few more photos of the final space from Pittsburgh Airport’s Website:
KI Furniture outfitted many of the areas shown above. Below are the specific products chosen with links for more information:
We were honored to be a part of such a special place. Have any additional questions? Click below to contact us today for more information: