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Cooper University Health Care - Pediatric Sensory Rooms

Designing pediatric sensory rooms focused on touch, sight, and sound

  • $885K

    Construction Value

  • Camden, New Jersey

    Camden, New Jersey

Creating a better healthcare experience for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The hospital experience can be especially challenging for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Cooper University Health Care has embarked on a wide-ranging program to enhance care for this patient population. They reached out to our healthcare design team to assist with renovations to key spaces within Cooper University Hospital.

We incorporated multisensory features into a primary care exam room and sub-waiting room as well as an inpatient radiology holding area within the Pediatric Department. These touch, sight, and sound sensory-friendly rooms include elements such as special lighting, weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, and other features to help calm patients so they can better interact with their care team. We designed these spaces to provide a positive experience and enhance care for I/DD patients, which includes those with epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy, and many syndromes that can result in impairment of intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior.

These spaces are flexible and can be adjusted to provide more stimulation or a calm, soothing space as needed, and support Cooper’s goal of providing a better care experience to all patients.

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  • Cooper University Health Care
Meet Our Team

Tasso Karras, Senior Associate, Interior Design

We succeed when we create spaces that result in positive experiences for the patient, the patient’s family, physicians, and staff.
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Kristina Klingbeil, Interior Designer

The positive impact healthcare design can have on patients, their families, and staff is what continues to motivate me.

Tasso Karras

Senior Associate, Interior Design

Kristina Klingbeil

Interior Designer

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