When a student on the autism spectrum creates a sensory room, it is bound to work for others who need a safe place to restore calm and relieve stress.
For Kaitlyn Kropp, creating a sensory room for students on the autism spectrum was a project that was close to her heart. She has Asperger’s Syndrome, and wanted to to create a solution to overload for herself and fellow classmates.
“Sometimes we get sensory overloaded or we just can’t stay still,” she said. “Instead of buying junk food, I thought to myself, ‘why can’t I buy something else that everyone would benefit from?'” Kaitlyn is a junior at the Academy at Forest View in Arlington Heights.
During Autism Awareness Month, Kaitlyn is sharing her story. She wants to inspire other teens like herself to be an advocate for themselves and for their classmates. She has named the room “Chillax,” which is short for “chill out and relax.”