Early childhood classrooms today are seeing a growing number of students with a variety of sensory processing disorders. Students with autism often lack social and communication skills to interact effectively and to express compassion, empathy and other emotions as expected. The result is often increased isolation. Teachers and students may need additional resources to help struggling learners be successful in the regular education classroom or these students will have a difficult time creating positive relationships and participating in the mainstream group. If we re-design the early childhood classroom around problem solving the typical challenges for students with sensory processing difficulties and embed social stories, social skill lessons and visual modeling into the daily routine, could we teach empathy through controlled experiences and create a greater sense of inclusion and understanding? What other ideas do you have for innovative classroom design to encourage inclusion and empathy for the struggling student?