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Build Sensory Kits to Provide Comfort After Hurricane

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern for the families we serve who were affected by Hurricane Florence. Many individuals with autism in parts of North Carolina have been displaced from their homes, schools, or other services.

When individuals with autism are in new situations or environments, they can feel uncomfortable, anxious, or frightened. We share your concern for them, and would like to offer a way to bring them comfort.

If you would like to help, you could assemble a sensory kit to provide comfort to displaced individuals. We recommend assembling your sensory kit with some of these items in a backpack, small plastic tub, or other portable package.

Sensory kits can be mailed or dropped off to our office: 5121 Kingdom Way, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27607. This would be a great opportunity for you to gather a group of friends or family to volunteer!

If you would rather order just one or two items, here is a list of examples that you can send to us at the above address, and we will assemble the kits and distribute them to families in affected areas.

Thank you!


Hand-held manipulatives such as stretch strings

Stress balls, textured balls, squeeze balls, fidget cubes, etc.

Liquid motion bubblers

Spinning lights wands

Play putty

Cheap, over-the-ears headphones for listening to music or watching videos on handheld or computer device

Themed stickers (Thomas the Train, Dora, Minecraft, etc.)



Rocket balloons

Wind-up toys

Scented markers


For a one-pager on sensory kits that you can print to share with others, click here.


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