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Dollywood Adds Calming Room for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Theme parks—which are basically shrines to sensory overload—can be overwhelming for kids with autism spectrum disorders. All those noises, lights, and crowds can be downright debilitating if you're especially sensitive to them. For those young park-goers, Dolly Parton's Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has introduced a special "calming room" where kids with autism spectrum disorders can chill out when the park madness gets to be too much. The room features soft, low-impact toys, gentle lighting, and lots of peace and quiet. Legoland Florida has already announced that it will soon have similar spaces.