Provision of Therapeutic Space in the Greenbank Garden

Organisation : NHS Lothian
Grant Amount : £ 600

Autism and the environment: there is a notable interrelation between the environment and the experience of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Adverse environmental factors indentified in literature for individuals with ASD include: noise, smells, proximity to others and negative reactions from others. Pengelly et al (2009) highlight that the use of a quiet space has been advocated to “deal with overpowering sensory environments and to increase self-calming” (pg 379).
It is felt that an appropriately adapted shed in the garden may provide a very valuable space for clients out with the busy, noisy confines of the Greenbank Centre to promote opportunities for occupational engagement and provide an environment suitable to individual sensory needs. It is suggested that this in turn will improve client well-being, quality of life and may potentially reduce incidences of agitated or challenging behaviour.