Sensory spaces on wheels: Meeting neurodiverse community members where they are




Fletcher, Tina S.
Chen, Alicia
Pizarro, Edgar O.
Norris, Ashlee
Tripp, Megan
Tran, Jason

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As neurodiversity inclusion movements spread, the stigma associated with autism has diminished. People who support these movements challenge the notion of autism and neurodiversity as something that needs to be eliminated or cured, and hold that being neurodiverse is something to be acknowledged and celebrated (Kapp et al., 2013). As a result, it is increasingly commonplace for neurodiverse children and adults to participate in both special and everyday community events (Kong et al., 2017; McGlynn & Kelly, 2017; Sakagami & Ohta, 2010). Although increased social participation is something occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) champion, neurodiverse people often experience barriers to participation, including sensory sensitivities, communication difficulties, and social differences. Because staff and volunteers from many organizations do not have the benefit of education or training, they must use best guesses, information from others, and trial and error to support the needs of neurodiverse people. As OTPs and students, we can support community collaborators by offering evidence-based portable sensory spaces for special events.


Article originally published by OT Practice Magazine. Published online December 2022.
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Neurodiversity inclusion movements, Neurodiverse children, Neurodiverse adults


This is the published version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Fletcher, T. S., Chen, A., Pizarro, E. O., Norris, A., Tripp, M., & Tran, J. (2022, December 1). Sensory spaces on wheels: Meeting neurodiverse community members where they are. OT Practice Magazine. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.