Search

Lehigh Valley, PA: Airport's new sensory room helps kids with autism stay calm while travelling

June 8, 2018, ABC16 Moosic, PA: Healthwatch 16: Sensory Room at Lehigh Valley Airport for Troubled Travelers http://wnep.com/2018/06/08/healthwatch-16-sensory-room-at-lehigh-valley-airport-for-troubled-travelers/ For those with sensory issues, like autism, air travel can be impossible. The Lehigh Valley International Airport is trying to make that a little easier. It's one of only three airports in the world to offer a sensory room…. It's enough to make 12-year-old Trey DelGrosso, from Swiftwater in Monroe County, tense and overwhelmed. Trey was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was 3. He and his mom Jennifer met us at the Lehigh Valley International Airport to show us its new sensory room. "It's nerve-wracking enough to travel, to know that if he does get overwhelmed, there's a place he can go to be calm. It's calming for the whole family just knowing this is available," said Jennifer DelGrosso. The sensory room, which opened just last month, was built in a room that wasn't being used, located between security and the gates. It's meant for travelers like Trey and their families…. Executive Director of the Airport Authority Thomas Stoudt says it was used by a family for the first time just moments after the ribbon cutting. "Went into the room, unbeknownst to us, their son had autism. When they came out of the room, the mom commented how amazing the space was and how well it worked," Stoudt said. A way to make travelers like Trey more comfortable and their families more excited to travel….