If you opened a sliding door and entered a space with soft blankets, pillows, multicolored lights, speakers and air conditioning, where do you think you would be?
If you answered “my personal heaven”, we may consider that as the right answer but we are really talking about a little pods located at the Dublin City University’s libraries in three of its campuses. These pods are for students who have or suspect they have Autism and allow them to de-stress by providing them a calming environment that they can fully control.
After an 18 month research, DCU highlighted several issues that students on the Autism spectrum faced which included sensory issues, smells from the cafeteria, red walls, projector sounds and cluttered furniture. Besides these issues, students also said they had difficulty in noisy environments, managing schedules, deadlines and workloads, social and other situations. The sensory pods will help these students de-stress if they are overwhelmed before returning to campus life.
Watch the video below for more information on these pods at DCU.
If you work with students with Autism, would you consider installing a sensory pod in your space? Let us know in the comments below!