Case Study:

Heaven on
Earth

A Sensory Space for Kids
and Teens with Autism

The Background

At Holy Angels Autism Center, in Shreveport, LA,
the staff is committed to helping each person
with autism reach their potential. As part of their
multidisciplinary approach, they wanted a
sensory space that could support therapeutic
goals. With a budget of $18,000, they were
excited to see how Fun and Function’s sensory
equipment could benefit their clientele.

The Vision

To create a therapeutic sensory space that
supports people with autism.

The Challenge

Fun and Function’s Action Room model had all
the components that Holy Angels wanted in a
sensory space - but the designated area wasn’t
large enough for the standard unit. Would the
Fun and Function team be able to maximize the
allotted space without leaving out any crucial
components?

The Process

Step 1: Choosing the
Sensory Tools

The Fun and Function Sensory Room Design Team analyzed the blueprints for the room and decided to customize
a play system to perfectly suit the space and the clientele.

While the core elements of the play system stayed the same, they reimagined others to suit the Holy Angels
clientele.

The Rock Wall is a great space where kids build
confidence as they practice balance, increase
body awareness, develop gross motor skills and
more.

The  Slideoffers vestibular input, and the
Clubhouse beneath the tower is a cozy spot
where kids can regulate.

Since the space would be used by kids
ranging from ages 2-21, the swings in
particular needed to be suitable for both
small kids and large adults

The team selected the Bolster Swing and
the Organic Cotton Hammock Chair for
their versatility and generous weight
capacities.

The team also wanted to include a variety of
sensory tools that could be used for
therapeutic purposes. The Jumping Board and
Trampoline with Handrail appeal to sensory
seekers who crave sensory input, and they also
help kids develop core strength. The Rockin
Rocker Board is a sturdy choice for developing
balance reactions and motor planning. For
those who benefit from calming proprioceptive
input and heavy work, the Space Explorers
and the Crawl and Calm Resistance Tunnel
were included. The team also added multiple
Crash Pads and Mats to keep kids safe as they
swing, climb and jump.

Step 2: Design
& Layout

The next step was to decide on the color scheme of the room since a sensory space should never look like a
drab therapy clinic! The team decided on bright, bold colors that are inviting to kids of all ages and stages.

Finally, the team discussed layout, deciding where each chosen sensory tool would be placed, making sure
to maximize the setup and space.

The End Result

The Holy Angels team was gratified by the
smooth experience and the team’s focus on
their unique needs. Once the room was
installed, their vision came to life! They look
forward to seeing kids and young adults thrive
in their customized sensory space.

Case Study:

Heaven on
Earth

A Sensory Space for Kids
and Teens with Autism

The Background

At Holy Angels Autism Center, in Shreveport, LA,
the staff is committed to helping each person
with autism reach their potential. As part of their
multidisciplinary approach, they wanted a
sensory space that could support therapeutic
goals. With a budget of $18,000, they were
excited to see how Fun and Function’s sensory
equipment could benefit their clientele.

The Vision

To create a therapeutic sensory space that
supports people with autism.

The Challenge

Fun and Function’s Action Room model had all
the components that Holy Angels wanted in a
sensory space - but the designated area wasn’t
large enough for the standard unit. Would the
Fun and Function team be able to maximize the
allotted space without leaving out any crucial
components?

The Process

Step 1: Choosing the
Sensory Tools

The Fun and Function Sensory Room Design Team analyzed the blueprints for the room and decided to customize
a play system to perfectly suit the space and the clientele.

While the core elements of the play system stayed the same, they reimagined others to suit the Holy Angels
clientele.

The Rock Wall is a great space where kids build
confidence as they practice balance, increase
body awareness, develop gross motor skills and
more.
The Slide offers vestibular input, and the
Clubhouse beneath the tower is a cozy spot
where kids can regulate.

Proprioceptive input and heavy work can be
very powerful for self-regulation and focus.
With this in mind, the team chose tools such as
the Sensory Roller Slide, SensaSoft™ Rollers
and Weighted Disc Blanket.

Step 2:
Design & Layout

The next step was to decide on the color
scheme of the room since a sensory space
should never look like a drab therapy clinic!
The team decided on bright, bold colors that
are inviting to kids of all ages and stages.

Finally, the team discussed layout, deciding
where each chosen sensory tool would be
placed, making sure to maximize the setup
and space.

The End Result

The Holy Angels team was gratified by the
smooth experience and the team’s focus on
their unique needs. Once the room was
installed, their vision came to life! They look
forward to seeing kids and young adults thrive
in their customized sensory space.

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