Social interaction and communication are often hugely difficult for autistic children, meaning they have problems interacting and learning at school.
Using multi-sensory therapy, or a Snoezelen room, can help provide a stimulating yet soothing environment.
Developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s, the method is becoming more popular. A school in Ontario in Canada is using the therapy with great effect.
Lighting, music, smells, colours, sounds and different materials to touch all help stimulate the senses, and can also help to reduce anxiety in a child or adult.
The different sensations can help people express themselves, be creative or just relax.