Student Affairs

Sensory Rooms – Developing a Calming Space

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown
Price: $108.00

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Student stress is at an all-time high and campuses are looking for ways to respond with cost-effective and innovative approaches.  Sensory rooms - a calming space for many different populations – is one such answer. Dr. Thierfeld Brown set-up the sensory room at the 2018 NASPA Conference and has advised schools across the country.  Join us for this webinar to learn how to create a more tranquil and comforting environment on campus for students with anxiety, sensory disabilities, feeling of overwhelmingness, etc.  Students on the autism spectrum are especially served by a place with lowered stress and a more soothing atmosphere.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Creating s space for a sensory room
  • Low cost furniture and accessories
  • Access to the room
  • The usefulness of a sensory room as part of a total stress and anxiety reduction for your campus and student population
  • Examples from institutions of higher education


Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown, who is a parent of a student with a disability, is Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study, Yale Medical School and former Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 37 years. She holds an Ed.D from Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Brown consults with many families, students, school districts and institutions of higher education. Dr. Brown has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News and NPR. She has co-authored Student with Asperger's: A Guide for College Professionals (2009), The Parent's Guide to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum (2012), and Behavior Management and Self-Regulation (2012) along with many textbook chapters and articles.

Dr. Brown speaks both nationally and internationally and frequently consults to colleges and universities. She is co-director of College Autism Spectrum, a group of professionals providing college-level support and training for students, parents, and professionals involved with the autism spectrum community. Dr. Brown is married and has three children, the youngest being a 24 year old son with Autism giving her a unique understanding of the issue.

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