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Shannon Airport Has First Sensory Room For Kids With Autism

Irish Airport Opens Europe's First Sensory Room For Kids With Special Needs

Europe's first Airport Sensory Room

The first European airport sensory room developed for children and adults with neurodevelopmental challenges, including autism, was officially opened at Shannon Airport. In the latest in a long list of aviation firsts on a global, European and national scale developed at Shannon, the sensory room off the airport’s Departure Lounge will offer a relaxing environment for passengers ahead of their flight. Designed by Adam & Friends, it is tailored to be a soothing place away from the activity of a busy airport and comprises facilities such as aquatic bubble tube, an undulated wavy wall, colour changing LED’s, wheel projector and other items. Watch here

Posted by Shannon Airport on Thursday, March 30, 2017

Traveling with kids, especially on a flight, is every parent's nightmare. Traveling with a child who is on the autism spectrum or has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), however, can be even more difficult, which is why Shannon Airport in Ireland just opened a "sensory room," so that those children can avoid the lights, noises, and crowds of the airport.

"In the latest in a long list of aviation firsts on a global, European, and national scale developed at Shannon, the sensory room off the airport's Departure Lounge will offer a relaxing environment for passengers ahead of their flight," the caption of a video promoting the room says. "It is tailored to be a soothing place away from the activity of a busy airport and comprises facilities such as aquatic bubble tube, an undulated wavy wall, color changing LEDs, wheel projector, and other items."

The main goal of the room is to avoid the stress that comes with traveling with a small child, especially one who has special needs, and Gearoid Mannion of Ennis Voices For Autism hopes that other airports across Europe will be inspired to follow suit with their own sensory rooms. "This is an airport that welcomes everybody," says Ann Norton, the Mayor of Ennis and the parent of a child with a disability. "With the new sensory room they have listened, they have watched, and they have actually done."

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