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Autism Foundation prepares 'sensory kits' to ease encounters – Journal Record

Saturday, 5 February, 2022

Autism Foundation prepares 'sensory kits' to ease encounters – Journal Record

Norman Police Chief Kevin Foster, AFO Executive Director Emily Scott, Officer Jordan Martin, Communications Supervisor David Grissam, Brandan Branum and Deputy Chief Ricky Jackson.
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When first responders or police officers encounter children or others with autism, it can help to be prepared with the right kind of supplies to reduce stress and improve communications.
That’s why some recent news from the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma and local and area supporters was so encouraging. With support from partners like Walmart and others, the AFO has been empowered to prepare “sensory kits” now available for first responders and even people in businesses and others to help them better serve Oklahomans on the autism spectrum.
According to a news release, research has shown that sensory kits can effectively increase critical communication and comfort for individuals with autism and other special needs who find themselves in new or high-stress situations. AFO’s sensory kits include a weighted lap pad, noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, picture communication cards, activity books, a notepad and pen, and several handheld fidgets for all ages.
Read more at: https://journalrecord.com/2022/02/02/autism-foundation-prepares-sensory-kits-to-ease-encounters/

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