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    I think it’s great that you had a safe space. I would argue that it offers a low arousal environment that might be essential in order for someone to cope in mainstream. Not having it so as to encourage (and inadvertently force) children to access the hall etc. is actually integration rather than inclusion as it doesn’t acknowledge the need someone might have for an adapted environment, sensory break etc. Noisy classrooms, noisy hallways etc. all day can have a huge impact on someone with autism and be very draining. Expecting someone to do the same as their peers is not inclusion, in my view, but integration. I was in a similar situation and saw the impact. In the end the need won out and we now have a space. It is not perfect but has been used since being introduced.