Owens Corning Provides a Basement Finishing System™ to an Autistic Child in Need

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Owens Corning is providing a Basement Finishing System™ to help improve one autistic child’s attending and engagement behavior. A recent study has shown how noise-reduction walls help improve autistic children’s learning environments.

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We are truly thankful for the people at Owens Corning who are giving Daniel and our family this very special opportunity.

Owens Corning, the parent company of the Basement Finishing System™, is pleased to announce that the McDade family was chosen to have their basement finished with the Basement Finishing System™. This initiative is in response to a multi-disciplined academic study by researchers from Temple, St. Joseph’s, the TALK Institute and other educational facilities as well as Basement Finishing System™ installers and construction professionals. The study showed that a reduction in noise from the Basement Finishing System™ improved autistic children’s attending and engagement behavior. The McDade family hopes that the installation of the Basement Finishing System™ will provide an outstanding learning environment for their young autistic son.

"When we were chosen to have our basement completed by Owens Corning, I was thrilled for my son, Daniel. Daniel has autism and struggles with sensory processing difficulties. He is very sensitive to auditory and visual stimuli, and cannot process the amount of information that comes at him all at once… I am hoping that with the installation of the Owens Corning system in our basement, Daniel will have a comfortable place to relax and be at ease, and as a family, can join him in a place we can all enjoy together. We are truly thankful for the people at Owens Corning who are giving Daniel and our family this very special opportunity,” said Daniel’s mother.

The study referenced is titled “Effect of Classroom Modification on Attention and Engagement of Students with Autism or Dyspraxia.” It was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2012. The study examined the effects of the installation of sound-absorbing walls and a ceiling with halogen lighting on four autistic children with sensory sensitivities. Research and observation took place over three phases: two weeks before the wall installation, two weeks before the installation of the ceiling, and two weeks after ceiling installation. As the decibel meter readings diminished with each phase, so did the students’ sensory sensitivities and obstacles to learning. The students as well as their parents and teachers all reported positive changes after Phase 3.

One in every 110 children suffers from autism, and a great majority of them are hindered by sensory modulation disorders– primarily visual and auditory. Because the classroom is filled with noise as well as auditory instruction from the teacher, many autistic children are unable to perform to the best of their abilities. The study showed that the Basement Finishing System™ may impact the amount of sound as it has a .95 NRC. A learning environment with optimal noise reduction can help an autistic child focus, socialize, and ultimately stay engaged with the material. For more information on how the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ helps control noise, please visit http://www.1800basement.com.

About Owens Corning:

Owens Corning is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune 500® company for 59 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. In business for more than 75 years, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.3 billion in 2013 and about 15,000 employees in 27 countries. Additional information is available at http://www.owenscorning.com and http://www.1800basement.com.

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