Sunway Putra Mall Is Malaysia S First Autism Friendly Mall
Did you know that Sunway Putra Mall is Malaysia's First Autism Friendly Mall?
What does "Autism Friendly Mall" mean?
It means the mall provides an inclusive shopping experience for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The mall has an autism –friendly initiative, called ‘Autsome’ which was introduced to address the needs of the autism community, especially parents with autistic children as this
allows them to enjoy a stress-free day.
At Sunway Putra Mall, every Tuesday is designated as Autism Friendly Shopping Day with dimmed lights and lowered volumes at common areas, reserved parking and shopping assistance for its 1000 Autsome members registered with the mall.
Calm Room At Sunway Putra Mall
Recently the mall completed its second Calm Room. The Calm Room is located at a private area away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping mall. The room uses a facial recognition system exclusively only for Autsome members.
The Calm Room is equipped with calming elements that help to ease stress when one’s sensory is overstimulated. The room also provides a sense of security and warmth. The Calm Room is painted in blue to set the tone for a calming experience and since individuals with autism are sensitive to bright lights, fibre optic. Warm lights are used in cloud shapes to soften the ambience in the room.
Essential oil is diffused into the room with a gentle scent which leads to a deep sense of relaxation. Bean bags, throw pillows and weighted blankets are provided for individuals with autism to relax.
Those who prefer to do quiet activities on their own can go to the Art & Reading Corner that gives a cozy nook for one to read books, play jigsaw puzzles, doodle and more. The Calm Room includes a Sensory Wall, a tactile collage with a selection of textured materials on the wall. There’s also a Sensory Play Area that provides intriguing toys and musical instrument.
Go here to find out more about "Autsome" and how to become a member.
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