Design for Sensory Wellbeing

People with developmental disabilities process sensory stimuli in unique ways. For those with autism spectrum disorders, especially, atypical sensory processing can greatly impact their everyday lives. Through this course, you will become informed about current evidence regarding sensory processing and design implications to enhance sensory wellbeing. We will focus on a recent case study of a sensory wellbeing hub installed at a public high school in Chicago for students with developmental disabilities. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the design and research methods used to create this multi-sensory environment, and see how to apply the lessons learned in your own designs serving this population group. This course presents an overview and findings from a study conducted by HKS, Inc., funded by an ASID Foundation Transform Grant

Learning Objectives

  1. To be able to describe developmental disabilities and their sensory needs.
  2. To be able to describe general design implications for a multi-sensory environment.
  3. To be able to describe design implications for sight.
  4. To be able to describe design implications for hearing.

IDCEC Course Number: CC-110287; 1 CEU  Note: ASID will report CEUs earned to IDCEC on your behalf.

AIA Course Number: ASIDSENSORY; 1 LU

Access period: One year from registration date.

Lisa Adams, NCIDQ

Principal, Senior Interior Designer, HKS, Inc.

Lisa Adams is an Associate Principal and Senior Vice President at HKS. She partners closely with the HKS Research, to produce forward-thinking design solutions. She is one of the founding Steering Committee members of Citizen HKS, a consortium of design professionals within HKS working on public interest design projects.  Lisa’s commercial and healthcare spaces have won awards both nationally and internationally.  

Lisa’s volunteer work in public interest design includes 5 years with Designs for Dignity that earned her a Spirit Award.  She sits on the DIFFA board and formerly sat on the board for The Right Livelihood Project.  

Giyoung Park, PhD, AIA

Senior Design Researcher, HKS, Inc.

Dr. Giyoung Park currently serves as a Senior Design Researcher at HKS Architects. Dr. Park is an environmental psychologist and registered architect. She has earned an M.Arch. degree from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Human-Environment Relations and a PhD in Human Behavior and Design degrees from Cornell University. Her research interests include environmental stress, social interaction, social capital, communication technologies and human wellbeing in relation to the built environment.

Jonathan Essary, Assoc. AIA

Design Researcher, HKS, Inc.

Jonathan Essary is an architectural design researcher, focused on digital fabrication, integrative computational design, and studying the impact of design. He works in HKS’ Research managing the HKS Lab and facilitating the exploration of design, prototyping, and technology implementation. He received his M. Arch I degree from the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture While attending UTA he was a graduate research assistant for the director, helped manage the digital fabrication lab, and assisted with computational design courses. He has led research on Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced-Concrete in a façade application and investigations for integrated computational design. 

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Design for Sensory Wellbeing Welcome Video
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Open to view video. Please view this 29 second video for information on earning continuing education credit and course instructions. (THIS VIDEO HAS NO SOUND)
Part 1: Introduction, Objectives and Overview
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Open to view video. This 10 minute video includes the course introduction, including an overview of autism spectrum disorders and other sensory processing issues of concern. (This video includes audio)
Part Two: Design Considerations for Sensory Wellbeing
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Open to view video. This 5 minute video reviews considerations for sight, touch, sound, and natural elements. (This video includes audio)
Part Three: Case Study: Sensory Wellbeing Hub
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Open to view video. This 22 minute video goes into detail on the design of the Sensory Wellbeing Hub installed at a public high school. (This video includes audio)
Part Four: Findings and Conclusion
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Open to view video. This 14 minute video covers research methods and findings and applications for interior design practitioners. (This video includes audio)
Design for Sensory Wellbeing Final Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  8/15 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  8/15 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
Design for Sensory Wellbeing Course Evaluation
9 Questions
9 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your course completion certificate.
Course Completion and Credit Certificate
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU and 1 AIA LU awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you are an ASID member. Note that ASID will not automatically report your completion to AIA. You will have access to a printable certificate for self-reporting.