Expos offer quiet time for those who experience sensory overload

If the overwhelming thought of bright lights and sights, loud music and sounds puts you off attending our DISABILITY CONNECTION EXPOS, then we’ve got your back.

Each day of our two-day expos, visitors who experience sensory overload due to noise can peruse the hundreds of exhibits in peace and quiet.

That’s right – between 10 am to 10:45 am every day at all our expos will be Quiet Time – dedicated to those with disabilities who find noise disturbing.

There won’t be any PA announcements during that time to allow National Disability Insurance Scheme participants to connect with industry providers in comfort.

Sensory overload is also known as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) that impairs the functional skills of 1 in 20 children, but adults are also affected.

SPD Australia says people with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound and movement. They may feel overwhelmed by sensory information, may seek out sensory experiences or may avoid certain experiences.

People with SPD experience their world as either Hypersensitive (over reactive, sensory avoidance) or Hyposensitive (under reactive, sensory seeker). They may also present with motor skill problems. They may react with strong emotional behaviours and experience what may be described as “meltdowns”.

The brain and nervous system receive input from body parts as well as from the outside world. The central nervous system is also a means of transmitting messages throughout the body and functions somewhat like a computer system. The messages that are transmitted, however, affect functions such as muscle movement, coordination, learning, memory, emotion, behavior and thought. As with a computer, a breakdown or malfunction in one part of the system often affects other functions of the system.

SPD Australia says sensations from hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch, pressure, and movement provide the input to the brain which is organised for movement, cognition and learning.

The richness of the sensory environment and the interactive experience of the individual with the environment contribute to optimal development of function.

That is why we, at Developing Australian Communities, are dedicated to making your expo experience a pleasurable one, as well as fruitful.

Along with hundreds of exhibits, participants and their carers can take advantage of:

  • A specialised NDIS Q&A Concierge Desk to answer any and all NDIS questions or to source more information, services or products.
  • A special app that allows you to plot your way through the provider booths before you leave home to make the most of the hour of Quiet Time.
  • You can even pre-book appointments during this period with providers in special booths using the app.

So, if you have trouble in noisy environments but really want to connect with new providers and source new products and services, then register today so you can enjoy your Quiet Time at our COVID-safe events.

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