Legoland unveils quiet room, sensory guides for children with autism
In the middle of all the rides and excitement at Legoland New York, there’s now a quiet space for people with autism.
The rooms are in the DUPLO Family Center, and they’re new this year.
Each one has a hammock, water feature, bean bag chair and weighted blanket.
“Awesome is for everyone, that’s really what it’s all about,” said Matt Besterman, Legoland New York Resort public relations manager. “It’s designed to be as soothing of an environment as possible for kids. Sometimes you need to take a break.”
Legoland New York in Goshen is now a Certified Autism Center after partnering with the International Board of Credentialing and Continued Education Standards. Staff received specialized team training on how to better serve guests on the spectrum.
The theme park is also helping people plan which rides are best for their family with new sensory guides that rate activities on a scale of 0–9 for touch, sight, sound, taste and smell.
“For a parent of a kid with autism, you really need to be a super planner. So that’s what we’re here to do. Help those parents plan every step of their day,” said Besterman.
The theme park celebrated its opening day and full second season on Friday.
Those visiting Legoland can download its app or visit its website for more information about the sensory guides for each ride.