Sensory Room

Becca McCabe, a neurodivergent doctoral student in mechanical engineering and president of the Student Neurodiversity Alliance at Cornell, looks through a nature book in the Learning Strategies Center's new sensory room.
Becca McCabe ’24, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering and president of the Student Neurodiversity Alliance at Cornell, signs into The Sensory Room (417 CCC).

The LSC sensory room is a place where Cornell students who are stressed or overstimulated can find respite or escape sensory overload. It’s a welcoming space for all students, especially those who identify as neurodivergent, and it allows them to have greater control over their level of sensory input.

We hope that room helps improve the well-being of our students, allowing them to relax, de-stress, and take a breather. The room is split into two areas. The sensory soothing area has weighted lap blankets, comfortable seating, noise canceling headphone, and dim lights. The sensory-seeking area has a variety of fidget toys, lights that can be touched on and off, and tactile objects such as rocks with different textures.

When is the LSC Sensory Room open?

While classes are in session during the SP 2024 semester, Cornell students can visit the room:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This spring, Let’s Talk will host weekly sessions in the Sensory Room every Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. starting February 9, 2024.

Where did this idea come from?

Students need spaces to feel comfortable and to feel connected, which means different things for different students. During our first Neurodiversity (ND) Celebration week, Racker, which supports people with disabilities and their families, set up a model sensory room that inspired us to create something similar. The sensory room is one of our initiatives to foster awareness and community for students who are neurodiverse.

We hope that people who visit or see the space will be inspired, like we were with Racker, to see how they might make a small change to their own spaces to make a big difference for students, especially those sensitive to stimuli.

 

Read more about the Sensory Room

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2023/12/stressed-overstimulated-new-sensory-room-provides-refuge

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2023/04/movement-brings-community-visibility-neurodiversity-cornell

https://alumni.cornell.edu/cornellians/sensory-room/