Miami International Airport Opens Multi-Sensory Room For Children With Autism

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To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, Miami International Airport has announced the opening of a brand new Multi-Sensory Room for kids and adults with autism.

Most parents with autistic children know that traveling can sometimes be difficult: All the plane delays and transfers, the loud noises, and large groups of people. Because of this, parents often hesitate to book vacations far from home, just to avoid airport stress.

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The room was specifically designed for young passengers with cognitive or developmental disabilities, such as autism, to help provide a relaxing experience during their travels.

Officials from Miami International Airport and the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) will host the official opening ceremony on Friday morning, August 19.

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The dimly lit room includes different sensory-soothing fixtures such as an aquatic bubble tub, wall puzzles, cushioned seats, and a light projector. The new ‘sensory room’ is scheduled to be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and was created through a partnership between MIA and the Miami Beat Team from Leadership Miami’s Class of 2018, in consultation with UM-NSU CARD.

This isn’t the first room of it’s kind. There are others around the U.S.A. in airports like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Myrtle Beach Airport, and Pittsburgh International Airport.

We hope to see many more ‘sensory rooms’ pop up around the world so parents and their children can enjoy a relaxing vacation.

So the next time you’re in the Miami International Airport, check it out as it’s located just beyond Concourse D TSA security checkpoint #4.

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