Toning It Down for ‘Sensory-Friendly’ Mall Shopping

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Hope Tremblay (left) and Sarah Hunter at the Holyoke Mall

One in 68 children are thought to have autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The disorder varies widely in severity. But one common trait is the tendency to get overstimulated by noise, lights, and other trappings of modern life. New England Public Radio’s Karen Brown reports on one recent effort to bring down the sensory stimulation — just in time for back-to-school shopping.

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