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Taking the Lead on Sensory Rooms: The Importance of Design in Modifying Behaviors Related to Sensory Modulation Disorder

Author: Amanda M. Blake
Date: 2011
Program: Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

This thesis investigates the connection between architecture/design and occupational therapy in relation to sensory rooms. The purpose of this study is to promote the collaboration of disciplines to strengthen sensory rooms as part of a sensory diet for students with sensory modulation disorder. Architects and designers should take the lead of this design to achieve a greater universal design which encompasses sensory modulation disorder and other developmental disorders. This report provides examples of case studies and analysis of various texts which governs design principles from each respected discipline on the subject of sensory rooms and Interviews of Designers, Occupational Therapists and Teachers on sensory room design. Recommendations would include additional studies on the occupants of the rooms after collaboration in comparison to those that were not lead by architects/designers.