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Noise reduction helps people with autism

Supplier: Melfoam Acoustics
19 February, 2014

Autism affects the way individuals are able to learn and interact with other people.

Lowering noise levels through the use of acoustic foam panels or sound absorption panels may aid learning and social interaction.

Autism is a condition that affects the way a child or adult learns and interacts with other people. People with autism can find the world they live in very frightening as a result of sensory overload. Today, 1 in 110 individuals is diagnosed with autism.

For a normal person sensory integration with one's environment occurs naturally, our brains are able to filter out sensory information such as unwanted sounds and only relevant information is relayed to our conscious minds.  Children and adults with autism have severe problems in filtering sensory information, as a result their sensory system simply lets too much information flow to the brain.

This results in problems with: 

  • Communication and learning
  • Socialisation
  • Flexibility of thought or imagination

Our company was recently contacted by the Principal of the Eastern Ranges School that operates as a P-7 school for students with Autism (ASD) who also have a speech and language disorder and intellectual disability. The school had an indoor swimming pool that was unusable for the students due to excess noise levels as a result of extremely poor acoustics. 

On inspection of the swimming pool with the principal we found it to be suffering from a very long reverberation time which caused it to have extreme echoes and very poor speech intelligible that made it impossible for the teacher to communicate successfully with the students.