On December 5 at 9 a.m., Science Museum Oklahoma will be dedicating their new Sensory Space sponsored in part by Express Employment International. The Sensory Space highlights SMO’s commitment to supporting community initiatives that enhance accessibility and well-being.

“We know that the museum is often filled with activity and noise and can be overwhelming for some people,” said Allen Voyles, SMO’s vice president of operations, “So the Sensory Space provides a retreat from anyone feeling sensory overload.”

Sensory rooms can help people of all ages or multiple disabilities go to find a calm moment. They create a space with tools people can use to self-regulate and manage anger, over-stimulation and stress.

SMO’s Sensory Space provides a quiet and soothing environment for guests. It offers guests with autism and other forms of neurodiversity a safe place for relaxation and respite from overstimulation.

This specialized room offers a range of experiences promoting sensory integration in a calm environment. For years SMO has had sensory kits available for guests to check out that include a sensory story, map, ear covers, eye shades, gloves, a timer and fidget toys. While these have been successful for our neuro-divergent guests,  a dedicated sensory space allows a fully integrated experience for the whole family.

“I took the kids to the museum last weekend and as a person who has high anxiety around large groups, this was very relaxing to me,” said Kala Borsh, a SMO guest. “I sat and watched the bubble waterfall for at least 10 minutes. My sons also were calm after visiting. Thank you so much for providing this to guests!”

The dedication of the room will be on December 5 at 9 a.m. Members and ticket holders are invited to attend.