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Frist Center promotes sensory spaces in Vanderbilt Hustler article

Posted by on Monday, February 3, 2020 in News.

Fidget toys are one common element of a sensory-friendly space. (Photo by Claire Barnett)
Fidget toys are one element of a sensory-friendly space. (Photo by Claire Barnett)

Sensory spaces are a common resource at autism conferences and events, providing a calming spot for attendees to escape stress or overwhelming stimuli. But these spaces can be beneficial to a much wider audience, including those with anxiety, ADHD and other neurodiversity or disabilities.

The Frist Center for Autism & Innovation is hoping to start a campus conversation about the need for sensory-friendly spaces, beginning with this Vanderbilt Hustler article written by Frist Center communications coordinator Claire Barnett.

To learn more about what sensory spaces are and why Vanderbilt needs them, you can click here and read Barnett’s article. If you are a Vanderbilt student, staff or faculty member and would like to ask questions or express your support for this initiative, please comment below or email Claire at


  • jeanne wolf

    February 12th, 2020

    I am interested in your ongoing research of preparing Autistc individuals for job interviews. I currently work in a program for individuals who are 18 plus years. We have created a job coaching program to assist our students. However, a job interview although coached ahead of time, does not prepare our individuals. I would be interested in virtual reality mechanism that you have created. Thank you in advance for assistance.

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