Sensory Room Build Out

For families of children with special needs, even small changes can make a huge impact. Imagine a child too sensory sensitive to join their family for dinner or at the movies. A child who is unable to go into a grocery store or out in the community.  Imagine a child who can hold it together at school, but then disintegrates and suffers an hours long melt down at home each day. Imagine being unable to sit through class, feeling so overwhelmed that you have to hide under the desk, or the shame and regret of becoming so angry you behave in ways you despise, yet are unable to control. With at least 1 in 20 people affected, chances are, you or someone you care about struggles with processing the world around them. Please help us, help these children and the families that love them with the build out of a sensory room.  

Our brains process sensory experiences, the things we touch, see, smell, taste and hear. For people with a developmental disability, the world we live in can be a major source of distress and discomfort. In some cases, the brain may overreact to sensory stimuli. Other times, it may not react enough. This makes it harder to learn, to have and maintain friendships, to function in a family, get and hold a job, and to be fully included in life.

An effective method of treating and overcoming sensory processing disorder (SPD), is with the use of a sensory room. These spaces are designed to provide opportunities to decompress and remediate sensory challenges in a way that will help individuals with SPD better function in the world.  Daily access to a sensory room helps students access curriculum, learn coping skills, increase positive relationships, and access self regulation techniques.  

To see a school sensory room in action, and learn more about sensory processing disorder, please enjoy the Edutopia video below. 

Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2020, a year long leadership program under the umbrella of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, has selected Abbie School as the recipient of its annual class project.  The class of 2020 will be creating a sensory room for Abbie School. With a fundraising goal of $20,000.00your support is crucial to our effort!   

Initial sketches of the Abbie School Sensory Room

The project entails the build out of two spaces: a large motor lab, complete with swings, rock climbing wall, monkey bars, etc.   (initial sketch pictured left), and a dark sensory room with, weighted blankets, bean bag chairs, led lights, mermaid fabric, projection and fiber optics. Freedom by Design, a student run architecture philanthropy, with a chapter at the University of Arizona, has taken on the design and build of the sensory motor lab.

Thank you for supporting the children and families of Abbie School. You can make your gift by credit card by clicking on the “Donate” button below.




If you give by check, please make the check payable to Abbie School and on the memo line write “Sensory Room.”  Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email so that we can properly thank you. Checks can be mailed to:  Abbie School, 5870 E. 14th St., Tucson, AZ  85711.