Vivint Smart Home has opened a sensory room at the Vivint Smart Home Arena for children with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The room, which is in the home to the NBA franchise Utah Jazz, provides a safe haven for children with conditions related to neurodiversity during NBA games and other arena events.
The sensory room features a variety of games and tools to help provide a sense of calm or stimulation, depending on the child’s needs. These include multisensory stations, play therapy stations and activity panels. The technology leverages Apple iPads and provides quiet cubbies for alone time.
“Sensory rooms aid in both calming and stimulating the senses for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says George Ballew, licensed clinical social worker and clinical director of the Peers Academy at the Heritage Treatment Center, who consulted Vivint on the design of the room. “This helps them cope with situations and environments where it may be difficult for them to remain happy and productive, such as a professional basketball game and other arena events.”
The sensory room is one of 60 that Vivint has built in schools and homes worldwide.