Participating in the AID with Reduced Stimuli

Participating in the AID with Reduced Stimuli

Engaging in the Annual Introduction Days (AID) while managing sensory input can be a fulfilling experience with the right approach. Here are some strategies to help you enjoy the event with reduced stimuli.

  1. Discuss with Your Mentor and group: Have an open conversation with your mentor (and your group) about your needs. Many people are understanding and willing to accommodate if they are aware of your requirements.
  2. Create a personal schedule: Review the program and choose activities that are less likely to be overstimulating. Together, you can create a personalized program that suits you. Structure your day to include regular breaks in calm environments. Designate quiet periods between activities to recharge. This can help you manage energy levels and avoid sensory overload. Remember, you are always free to skip parts of the program that might be overwhelming.

A suggestion for participating in the AID while avoiding high stimulus programs could be to join Registrations and Opening ceremony on Friday and a portion of the Campus Games. Join the AIDinner on Saturday, the Sports day and Pub night on Sunday, the Study day with barbecue on Monday, the Open Air Movie on Tuesday and the Information market on Wednesday.

  1. Avoid High-Stimulus Programs: Be aware that some programs are more intense and might not be suitable if you're looking to reduce sensory input (check out the attachment below). Nighttime activities tend to be more stimulating with louder music and larger crowds. If these events are too much, feel free to skip them and rest. These include:
  • The night programs
  • Campus games
  • Crossing borders
  • Crazy88
  • Street theatre festival
  • Sing-a-long
  • Festival
  1. Utilize the Chill Out Room: Inside Forum a chill-out room is available where you can take a break and relax. This room is B0103. Make use of this space whenever you need a moment away from the hustle and bustle.
  2.  Bring Sensory Aids: Pack items that help manage sensory input, such as noise-cancelling headphones, earplugs, sunglasses, or a weighted blanket. These tools can help create a more controlled sensory environment.
  3. Select Accommodations Thoughtfully: If the AID involves overnight stays, choose accommodations that offer a quiet and restful environment. This might mean selecting a room away from common areas or bringing items from home that sooth you.