Cecilia DowdJan 22, 2018, 8:33 pmJan 23, 2018, 2:32 pm

Adelphi University’s sensory room provides a safe space for students with autism

School officials create comfortable nook after seeing several students suffer from emotional breakdowns


GARDEN CITY — College can be stressful for any student but for students on the spectrum, that stress can be tenfold. Adelphi University created a calming space specially designed to help students with autism de-stress, unveiling the specially designed sensory room on Monday.

Stephanie Dawber, social coordinator of Bridges to Adelphi, says the idea for the sensory room came about after the program noticed several students suffering from high stress. The program, in place since 2007, services over 100 students and former alumni who come back.

“We were finding that a lot of our students were melting down on campus, having little outbursts,” said Dawber.

With help from an Alabama non-profit, The Bridges to Adelphi program was able to turn that idea into a reality.

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