Sensory Design for Business2024-01-19T15:47:22-05:00
Your Team. Perfect Habitat.

"Business doubled in six months after Practical Sanctuary's redesign."

-Kate J., Bodywise Mama, Philadelphia

Unleash Your Team Superpowers.

Teams which include neurodiverse professionals are 30% more productive, according to a recent study published by the Harvard Business Review.

Adding neurodiversity to your teams enhances the way in which your team is able to identify potential problems or opportunities for improvement, analyze situations, brainstorm alternative solutions, and simplify processes,” says Dr. Liz Wilson, behavioral scientist and Founder of Include Inc. “These teams can also determine solutions that meet the needs of all people.”

Superpowered staff need super support. Many neurodiverse people have sensory issues which must be addressed for them to function at their peak. These issues need not come into conflict with other team members. Adapting your space for the highly sensitive and neurodiverse benefits the health and productivity of your entire team.

Sensory Space Assessment

Practical Sanctuary’s signature sensory design system supports the sensory needs of your team through a collaborative, minimally invasive process. All team members–neurotypical and neurodiverse–have their own unique sensory profile. Our system is designed to balance the sensory and functional needs of your team in ways which increase comfort, focus and productivity.


We carefully evaluate the psychological, sensory and functional needs of all team members before proposing changes.


We recommend simple, low-cost adaptations to your work environment, designed to improve comfort, communication and focus among team members.


After making changes, we follow up to assess the results, using metrics that reflect your business goals.

An Inclusive Process

We bring the input of all stakeholders to the table. These may include:

  • Business owner
  • Management
  • Neurodiverse and neurotypical staff
  • Relevant contract professionals as needed:
    • Occupational therapist
    • Interior designer
    • Architect
    • Contractor

What’s the Commitment?

When you book a sensory space assessment for your workplace, we guide you through a process that allows for change without disruption. 

  • Initial meeting (in person or virtual) to establish project goals.
  • Site visit:
    • Interviews with stakeholders
    • Photos
    • Floor plan measurements
    • Functional assessments
    • Aesthetic assessments
  • Proposal with design recommendations and process notes.
  • Follow up meeting to address concerns.
  • Adaptation of proposal to reflect feedback. 
  • Implementation of project according to written terms. 
  • Post-implementation assessment to quantify results and adjust as needed. 

For a flat fee, based upon project scope, you get:

  • Evaluation of sensory and relational needs of relevant stakeholders.
  • Recommendations for space adaptations.
  • Process and timeline for implementing changes.
  • Cost estimate for ongoing project support. 

Why Practical Sanctuary?

Practical Sanctuary brings expertise in neuroscience, design, psychology, business and occupational therapy to create spaces which help your team thrive. We design spaces that not only look good, but feel good for everyone who uses them.

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Eccentric Genius Habitat Intervention

Are you an eccentric genius?

You’re in the right place, darling.

In this free e-course, you will discover:

The ONE design mistake that NEARLY ALL HUMANS make in their habitats, and how to fix it in 15 minutes. (You will roll your eyes. And cry.)

Three senses your kindergarten teacher didn’t mention. (And how they make you a NINJA.)

The design trend which created an epidemic of shut-ins. (NOT COVID-19. Some of us now know the meaning of schadenfreude.)

Why Febreze is EVIL. (There should be a warning label.)

What kinds of light fixtures will be BANNED when the establishment comes to its senses.

What color has to do with hormones. (And how to leverage it–St. John’s Wort, piffle!)

What NEVER to do, ever ever, if you do not wish to induce psychosis, extreme depression, vertigo, or actual regurgitation in guests and members of your own family. (We all love those Bad Examples.)

Practical Sanctuary, Sensory Interior Design

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