Vivint Smart Home Arena is to open a sensory room for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Home to NBA basketball franchise Utah Jazz, the room is set to open to the public tomorrow(Friday) for Autism Awareness Night at the arena when the team faces the Memphis Grizzlies.

The sensory room, which was designed and built by Vivint and the Jazz, provides a safe haven for children with conditions related to neurodiversity during NBA games and other arena events.

The room features a variety of games and tools to help provide a sense of calm or stimulation, depending on individual needs, including state-of-the-art multisensory stations, play therapy stations and activity panels.

It also leverages technology stations featuring Apple iPads and provides relaxing spaces for children and their families, including quiet cubbies that allow for alone time. The environment includes an overview of sensory therapy and the uses and benefits of each component in the environment.

“Sensory rooms aid in both calming and stimulating the senses for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said George Ballew, licensed clinical social worker and clinical director of the Peers Academy at the Heritage Treatment Center, who consulted Vivint on the design of the room.

“This helps them cope with situations and environments where it may be difficult for them to remain happy and productive, such as a professional basketball game and other arena events.”

Vivint also kicked off a national smart home giveaway in honour of Autism Awareness Month to give away free smart home systems in April to four families affected by ASD.

“Vivint is dedicated to helping families keep their loved ones safe and secure,” said Nate Randle, chief marketing officer at Vivint Smart Home.

“Children with autism and their families are especially important to us as they face unique challenges, both at home and in other environments. Our goal is to help give these parents and families greater peace of mind, especially when they attend a Jazz game or other events at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.”

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