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(UK) Sunderland: Shopping center to accommodate autistic kids

May 10, 2023, Sunderland Echo: Sunderland shopping centre aims to make life easier for autistic children and others with sound sensitivities

N. England

Children who suffer from being sensitive to sound are getting a helping hand from shopping centre bosses.

For children with conditions such as ADHD and autism, a trip to the shops can result in sensory overload and be an overwhelming and often distressing experience.

To help, The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland has created special sensory bags – filled with carefully chosen items designed to distract and calm them.

Noises can be blocked out entirely with a set of headmuffs, while coloured wristbands, bean bags and relaxation aids provide a safe and suitable focus for youngsters.

And it is hoped that by helping sensitive youngsters feel more comfortable during their visit, the bags will also make a trip to The Bridges easier for their parents….

The bags can be rented from the customer service desk for £10 [$13], which is refunded on their return and each bag and its contents is thoroughly cleaned between use.


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