A multi-sensory room for individuals with autism.
Kuala Lumpur, August 8 – Sunway Putra Mall, Malaysia’s first autism-friendly mall has recently introduced the mall’s brand new and also its second Calm Room specially designed for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The mall’s autism –friendly initiative, called ‘Autsome’ was introduced to address the needs of the autism community, especially parents with autistic children as this allows them to enjoy a stress-free day. Apart from promoting an inclusive and comfortable shopping experience, it is also a step to increase public’s understanding and acceptance on ASD.
The core objectives are to educate the society on Autism awareness, advocate acceptance of the Autism community and celebrate inclusiveness and togetherness among the community. This is also in line with Sunway’s commitment to the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), such as Reduces Inequalities and Sustainable cities and communities.
With over 1000 individuals registered as Autsome members, Sunway Putra Mall provides a brand new Calm Room at Level 3 with 660sq.ft in size to meet the needs and demands of individuals, especially one on the spectrum when he/she experiences a sensory overload or a meltdown in the mall.
The Calm Room is located at a private area where it escapes sound from the hustle and bustle of the shopping mall. Besides that, the room uses facial recognition system exclusively only for Autsome members. Therefore, the individuals are required to register themselves first, before entering the room.
The Calm Room is equipped with calming elements that help to ease stress when one’s sensory is overstimulated. The room also provides a sense of security and warmth. Moreover, the Calm Room is painted in blue to set the tone for a calming experience and since individuals with autism are sensitive to bright lights, fibre optic and warm lights are used in cloud shapes to soften the ambience in the room. There’s also an essential oil that diffuses a gentle scent in the room which leads to a deep sense of relaxation.
The room also provides a Lounge Area sponsored by SSF for parents to unwind. While at the Calm Area, bean bags, throw pillows and weighted blanket are provided for individuals with autism to relax and lay down. There’s also an Art & Reading Corner that gives a cosy nook for one to read books, play jigsaw puzzles, doodle and more.
Apart from that, the Calm Room provides a Sensory Wall where tactile collage with a selection of textured materials on the wall. There’s also a Sensory Play Area that provides intriguing toys and musical instrument. These help sensory stimulation of individuals with autism to engage in different areas of the brain and help them to absorb and retain information.
At Sunway Putra Mall, every Tuesday is designated as Autism Friendly Shopping Day. Families with autistic individuals are required to register online to be an Autsome member. An Autsome Kit, also known as the welcome kit which consist of car sticker and wrist band will be given to member upon collection at the Concierge Counter, Ground Floor.
On Tuesdays, members are entitled to enjoy privileges and services such as;
o Dimmed Lights & Volume Down Music – Lights and music at the common area and participating outlets will be dimmed / lowered down and outlets will have ‘Priority Lane’.
o Reserved Parking – Parking bays at Basement 1 are reserved every Tuesday for the convenience of families with autistic individuals.
o Shopping Assistance – Customer Care is able to lend a helping hand to carry shopping bags and further assistances when required
Apart from this, there is also Autism-friendly facilities that are available daily;
o Calm Room at Lower Ground/ Level 3 – A room that provides a calming environment with dimmed lights and tools such as sensory toys, weighted blankets, essential oils, bean bags and more. This room is available in case of a meltdown.
o Sensory Wall – Walls with sensory friendly textures are available at Level 3 and Level 2
Furthermore, Autsome members can enjoy shopping convenience where priority lanes are provided at selected outlets such as Cold Storage, The Parenthood Playland, C-A-T Playground, The Body Shop, Padini Concept Store, The Chicken Rice Shop, Dolly Dim Sum, Onde Onde, Kampung Kravers, Swensens, Krispy Kreme and more on Tuesdays. Several mall tenants have also gone the extra mile by offering exclusive promotions;
● FREE entry to The Parenthood Playland
● FREE entry to C-A-T Playground, the World’s First Cat Selfie Playground
● 10% off on all items at Kaw Kaw Burger
● 10% off on total bill at Pak Jen Gulai Panas Langkawi
● 10% off on total bill at Juice Works
● 10% off on normal items at Travel Store and more!
For more information on “Autsome”, follow Sunway Putra Mall’s official Facebook page at (facebook.com/sunwayputramall), Instagram (@Sunwayputramall), visit website at https://www.sunwayputramall.com/autsome/ or call 03-2786 9333