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Fraser Sensory Certification

Individuals with autism and other special needs often experience sensory sensitivity. Sensory processing refers to the way your brain processes information from the senses and then responds to that information.

Those with sensory sensitivity may experience sensory overload and react strongly to loud noises, bright lights or new smells. Others may have an under-reaction or emotional withdrawal from a situation.

Fraser offers training and certification in autism and sensory awareness to businesses, schools, arts organizations, sports venues, parks, events and more. Fraser also provides these services at a discounted price for small businesses and nonprofits.

What is Sensory Certification?

Fraser can help businesses and organizations provide positive sensory experiences. We offer training and certification in sensory awareness to businesses, schools, arts organizations, sports venues, parks, events and more. You can customize your training and address specific customer needs with our three service tiers and add-on components.

Tier 1: Sensory-Aware Consultation

This consultation is for businesses and individuals who want advice on how to begin planning a project or event that will serve individuals with sensory processing difficulties. The consultation provides expert advice and answers to questions. Businesses receive a one-time consultation and a leave-behind individualized suggestion sheet with tips on how to proceed with modifying business operations and services for customers with sensory processing difficulties.

Tier 2: Sensory-Friendly Training

This training is for businesses and providers who want to gain a high-level understanding of sensory processing difficulties and how to better serve individuals with these issues. Fraser staff provide an autism overview training workshop and training session on sensory processing, sensory processing dysfunction, and how these difficulties affect individuals that the business serves. A leave-behind individualized suggestion sheet provides tips on how to modify business operations and service for customers with sensory processing difficulties.

Tier 3: Fraser Sensory Certified™ Education

Fraser Sensory Certified™ Training distinguishes individuals, businesses, nonprofits and other organizations that have completed Fraser training and made an ongoing commitment to being sensory friendly and inclusive.

Certification goes beyond a single sensory-friendly event. It includes modifications and accommodations that become part of everyday business operations, which are modified with ongoing customer feedback. Up to 20 staff also receive a 2-hour tailored autism workshop with customized content that helps them provide top-level service to individuals with autism or sensory processing difficulties.

Market Your Sensory-Friendly Partnership

For each tier, we provide marketing materials such as seals and window clings that you can use to advertise our partnership. We also add your business or organization to our list of places that are Fraser Sensory Certified on our website.

Add-on Modules

Additional sensory components can improve your guests’ experience.**

  • Sensory Star Training for staff who want to distinguish themselves as top providers for individuals with sensory processing disorders. Includes additional 1-on-1, 2-hour skill competency training with the Sensory Inclusion Specialist.
  • On-site, mobile sensory support staff provide up to 8 hours of hands-on assistance to attendees.
  • Sensory calming station for your event. Sensory support staff provide up to 8 hours of support at a sensory calming station so your event attendees can take a break from stimuli.
  • Social narrative booklets created to give clients with special needs an idea of what to expect when they visit your business.
  • Permanent calming space for your location. A pediatric therapist provides consultation and tips for creating a permanent calming space at your location.
  • Individual Certification Training for individual employees who want to gain information, understanding, and hands-on techniques for working with individuals who have sensory processing difficulties.
  • Sensory Kits filled with sensory support items to help individuals with sensory processing difficulties self-calm and communicate.

If interested, please contact Gina Gibson, Sensory Inclusion Specialist, at 612-798-8323, gina.gibson@fraser.org or our online contact form.

**Add-on module costs vary with length of service, number of staff needed to support the event, and quantity. Pricing available upon request.

Fraser Sensory Certification, Training, and Supports Disclaimer

Fraser Sensory Certification, Training, and Supports are intended to assist businesses, employers, workers, volunteers, and others as they strive to provide positive sensory experiences for individuals and families who have sensory processing difficulties. While Fraser and its training staff attempt to thoroughly address specific topics and provide tips and consultations relevant to serving individuals and families with sensory processing difficulties , it is not possible to include discussion of every possible situation or personal experience related to your clients, customers, staff, event, or business.

Additionally, it should be understood that Fraser and its staff provide this service as an educational and community support and does not result in a license to offer services that are provided by trained clinical professionals. Thus, this information must be understood as a tool for addressing common symptoms, reliefs, and business practices to address sensory processing difficulties for the public or employees. This information does not create additional responsibilities or obligations between Fraser and the contracting party. Fraser is not providing legal advice at any time or in any way to others. Finally, over time, regulators may modify rules and interpretations in light of new technology, information, or circumstances; to keep apprised of such developments, or to review information on a wide range of occupational safety and health topics, you can visit regulatory web sites.