Mullingar hospital is becoming one of the first in the country to have a specially designed Sensory Room for children with autism today.
The aim of the new room, which is being officially opened this afternoon, is to improve the experience for patients attending the emergency department with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorders.
The idea was born out of observations by front line attendant Joe Early, and the project has taken just a matter of months to complete.
Kay Slevin who’s Head of Operations at the hospital says the small room is near the existing emergency department, and can be used for other purposes if it isn’t needed for the children.
She says it has a much quieter and calmer atmosphere with lower lighting, less noise and features like music and water to help the patients relax, and it’s already showing success in the past couple of weeks: