About STH

FAQ's and Who we are

Frequently Asked Questions

Please reach us at information@sensorytoolhouse.com if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Workshops, Consulting, Speaking, and Event Services

We are excited to announce that our Workshops, Consulting, Speaking and Event services are now available with Equity Access Solutions, LLC (EquiAcc).

EquiAcc was formed by Lauren Howard and Katie McMurray to house the training and consulting that has become a respected and needed service throughout our country. To learn more about the services provided, visit EquiAcc.com.

Do we have to pay to visit?

No, we are a retail store with a sensory room available for use. We are not a "play" or "recreational" facility. You may come in and try products from weighted vests to sensory swings and more. Use the sensory room to take a break and reset.

Sometimes a stop into our store can be helpful for regulation. That is ok. However, we do ask that you respect the products on display. They are there for our community to try and not for continued play. Our staff knows that swinging for a bit or playing in the sensory bin can be helpful in regulating from the day. We just ask that you and those you care for respect the space and the customers that are there to shop.

No children should be left unsupervised with our staff and our staff should not be expected to supervise your children. Often our staff interacts and enjoys playing games and having fun, but unfortunately, they also have a job to do and cannot always entertain. We wish we could!

Are your events free?

Many of our events are free to the community. Others do have a fee. We work hard to keep our costs down and as accessible as possible. At times we do need to have a fee to cover staffing, lights, heat and more. We want to continue to provide our services and store to the community and that is part of it.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Can I return a chew or oral motor item?

Unfortunately, all sales are final on oral motor tools for sanitary reasons. If you find that there is a defect when opening, please contact us right away.

Often a flavored chew can have an intense smell and taste when first opened. This is due to it sitting inside the packaging. Even unflavored chews can sometimes smell "different" at first. We always recommend washing any chew before using. This will help level out the flavor or smell.

My child elopes and sometimes throws things, can I bring them?

YES! We believe all people should have a place where they belong. We have one rule: No apologies allowed for regulatory behavior. Because of our intentional design based on studies regarding sensory supportive spaces, many behaviors are not seen in our space. We have all LED lighting, floors are laid in one direction, the space is open with very little blocking visually, the color palette is intentional, and there are plenty of items to support regulation. Because our space is SO FUN, many do get overstimulated with excitement. We can mitigate that by utilizing the community room and/or sensory room for regulation.

Please call ahead and let us know what will best support you or your child. Examples of accommodations:

  • Dimming the lights
  • Positioning a staff member at the front door to stop eloping.
  • Giving them safe items and space to throw.
  • Giving private regulation time in the sensory room/community room upon arrival.
  • Entering through the side door, rather than the front door.
  • Having a favorite swing ready and available.
  • Removing products that may become a hyperfocus.
Do you have an adult sized changing table?

YES! Every public location should!

Do you accept purchase orders?

Yes, purchase orders can be sent to quotes@sensorytoolhouse.com.

Do you accept ClassWallet?

Yes, we are a new vendor with ClassWallet and are currently working with Texas Education Agency- SSES.

ClassWallet's Frequently Asked Questions

SSES Frequently Asked Questions

For step-by-step instructions on how to order, click here.


Sensory Tool House, LLC is committed to giving back to our community and supporting causes that align with our values and mission. As a young and small business, we recognize the importance of planning our charitable contributions in advance to ensure they align with our budgetary constraints.

Donation Request Eligibility

Sensory Tool House, LLC welcomes donation requests from organizations and individuals that share our commitment to making a positive impact on our community. To be eligible for consideration, the donation request must be submitted at least three (3) months ahead of the anticipated donation need to allow for proper planning within our budgetary constraints.

Donation Request Form

Katie MCMurray, M.Ed., CDMS

Founder and C.E.O.

Sensory Tool House, LLC was founded by Katie McMurray, a Thurston County resident for over 30 years. Katie is a neurodivergent business owner, board member, volunteer, wife, and mom to three neurodivergent kids.

For over 17 years Katie has worked with the neurodiverse community as a teacher, volunteer, vocational counselor, and certified disability management specialist.

Katie is an award-winning neurodivergent business owner who has shown that increasing access to employment and providing a culture of support for all increases productivity, retention, and innovation across the team. Her model of inclusion and support within the workforce named her Boss of the Year in 2023 and Washington's Small Business Development Council's Star Client of the year. She has been featured in various publications and on podcasts throughout the country.

Her understanding of the community, neurodiversity, and business operations gives her the opportunity to provide a safe and welcoming space which celebrates the needs and individuality of all people.

In her downtime she loves to hike or play on the Salish Sea.


(She, Her)

Lauren Howard

Director of Operations

An advocate, neurodiversity expert, and nationally recognized leader. Lauren has spoken around the country and worked with multiple organizations to decrease barriers in the workplace and increase access to education and services for those who are neurodivergent and disabled.

This work has not gone unnoticed. Lauren was named Green Beret Spouse of the Year in 2023. She received the Lewis County Inclusion in Business award and most recently is being honored by the Soroptimist Olympia as one of 2024 South Sound Exceptional Woman.

Lauren has run Sensory Tool House, LLC as Director of Operations, created numerous community impacts for inclusion, and models inclusion in the workplace at both Sensory Tool House and Equity Access Solutions, LLC. She is honored to help provide access to the tools and equipment necessary to ensure all members of our community are afforded opportunities to thrive.

Lauren holds a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from UC Davis. She is a member of the Board of Directors for South Sound Parent to Parent.



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Jill Morse

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jill brings a wealth of experience to her role. With a background as a former teacher, Jill has taught various levels of physical education in Costa Rica, as well as general education, self-contained special education, developmental preschool, and Montessori preschool. Additionally, she has owned a business where she provided tutoring services in reading and math to young students.

Jill's educational journey led her to earn a M.Ed. in Educational Technology, highlighting her commitment to utilizing technology to enhance the learning experience. She finds great satisfaction in working closely with families, offering support and finding effective strategies and resources tailored to their unique needs. The ultimate reward for Jill is witnessing the joy and gratitude expressed by these families.

Outside of work, Jill has a range of interests. She enjoys tending to her garden, exploring new recipes in the kitchen, and embarking on exciting travels. Additionally, she finds solace and relaxation in solving puzzles of various kinds. Above all, Jill's absolute favorite activity is observing her grown children perform on stage. Her son actively participates in choir and theater in high school, while her daughter pursues a vocal performance-opera degree.



Amelia McCarry

Administrative Assistant

Meet Amelia, an individual who brings a wealth of experience to the table. With over 10 years in special education, they have worked with students of all abilities and know exactly how to make a positive impact.

But here's the twist: Amelia is not only a former special education teacher, she's also Autistic and has ADHD. Discovering her neurodivergence later in life, they now passionately advocate for recognizing the symptoms of neurodivergence in people of all genders. It's all about ensuring that everyone receives the support they need to thrive.

Amelia loves to indulge in some good old LEGO building. And, of course, nothing beats spending quality time with her loving husband and their adorable dogs.

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Kelsey Sheets

Contracts and Purchasing

Kelsey comes to Sensory Tool House, LLC with a background in corporate purchasing. She herself is a queer neurodivergent and the mother to two young children who are ND and on the spectrum. Her partner Theo is also ND and adjunct faculty at St Martin’s University. She believes strongly that neurodivergence doesn't have to be a barrier to success.

Kelsey is passionate about providing access to necessary sensory tools and devices to the community and to DSHS clients so they too, can access their very best comfort and potential. She has a strong interest in the intersections of neurodivergence and queer identities.

Kelsey acknowledges that she lives and does business on the traditional and unceded land of the Coast Salish Peoples.


(She, Her)

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Frances Gregory

Inventory Specialist

Frances has eight years of collective business experience in the book industry and a BA from the Evergreen State College.

They are a published poet with a history in punk music and organizing around transformative justice and mental health advocacy. They love roller skating, crafting, and watching movies.

Late diagnosed with ASD, they look forward to serving the neurodivergent community through their work at Sensory Tool House.


(They, Them)

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Customer Service

Izzy is a student and amazing big sister to her brother who is neurodivergent. She is fluent in American Sign Language and is increasing her knowledge every day. We are excited to have Izzy on our team. (She/Her)

Liz March

Customer Service

Liz is a neurodivergent, former para-educator, who grew up with a special education teacher for a mom. She works with her mom to teach dance classes to people of varying abilities, and varying ages. She has worked with ages 3-61 in her short time teaching dance. Liz is currently taking classes to receive a Bachelors in Education. She is an animal lover. She has 1 cat, and her roommates have a cat and a dog. 

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Asia Conover

Customer Service

I have experience working with communities to deliver results that improve their lives. I met my now husband while working in Ghana with the Peace Corps. Operations processes, team building, and creating things out of ambiguity are my jam. I am a servant leader, passionate about elevating the good in humanity with technology. I've grown and led new teams, launched an office in Atlanta–creating new positions, established Employee Groups for Black employees & Women (all) and working groups across departments!

Late diagnosed & pummeled by systems not built for my brain. I've become unapologetically passionate about fostering inclusivity and supporting the neurodivergent community. I create content with the aim to shed light on the experiences of individuals with ADHD, autism, and other forms of neurodivergence, advocating for understanding and acceptance.

Outside of work, I enjoy stationary, crafting, kayaking. I can talk all day about global affairs and the latest tech trends! I also study for fun - mental models are a personal favorite. Also I'm from Central Vallet, CA & visit often.

Residing and working in the Pacific Northwest, I acknowledge and respect the Coast Salish lands, valuing the rich heritage and culture of this region.

 Neurodivergent - ADHD/Combined Type

Brooke Stalker

Customer Service

Brooke has extensive childcare experience, which has fostered patience and care in her personality. She enjoys learning and spending her free time outdoors, engaging in activities like hiking, running, and skiing. Brooke values Sensory Tool House as a unique resource in our community, providing tools that are not commonly available in other stores for everyday life.


John and Buddy

Customer Service

If you are lucky enough to visit when John and Buddy are working, you will enjoy the getting to know them both. John is a student and athlete. In many ways you can thank John for helping inspire the need for stores like Sensory Tool House.

Buddy is John's service dog. He is big, but don't let that scare you. Buddy is a gentle giant who is trained to help navigate the world. Please do not pet Buddy when he is working or without asking.

We know that dogs can be a special interest or scary. If either of those are true, let John know. If able, John may be able to introduce you to Buddy. Buddy does a great handshake. If Buddy's size is intimidating, we can also ensure that you feel safe, keeping him behind the counter or in the back.


(He, Him)

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Customer Service

Evan is a member of the STH family. He is always there to bring a smile to those he encounters with his great sense of humor. When not working he enjoys playing sports, music, and hanging with friends.



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General Cleaner

Diego has been with us since the start. You may see him around the store keeping it tidy when visiting in the mornings.

Diego loves action figures and movies. We always enjoy hearing about the new releases.


(He, Him)

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Our Story

Our Story

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It all began during COVID-19 lockdown. A good friend asked where, locally, she could buy the sensory swing Katie has in her home. It was then, she realized that our community and the neurodiverse population does not have easily accessible resources.

Katie has experienced the difficulties of shopping and finding products to support her child’s needs. Most items have to be ordered on-line. It is very important for individuals to have an opportunity to feel and experience items that could support them in a safe, sensory-friendly environment. Ordering online leads to many items needing to be returned and the challenges that involves.

From packing up the item, preparing the kids or yourself to run errands in a neurotypical setting, taking the item to a store/post office/mail provider, standing in line, to then reordering and repeating the process again. Katie knows the difficulties that this presents on her family and decided to solve the problem. The sensory store seed was planted!

Katie is strongly supported by her family, notably her husband, Dan. As an airline captain he may not always be seen, but he is excited to be supporting Katie and the community. She was diagnosed as a neurodivergent adult and can look back on how this affected her throughout her life in very positive and sometimes very challenging ways. Her three children are also neurodivergent. Aside from neurodivergence, she is familiar with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and how trauma can affect one’s senses. Her time as a foster and adoptive parent has helped teach Katie the everyday needs which one cannot get from education alone.

Their oldest son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and he has spent countless hours in various therapies and appointments. She has watched the beauty of who he is and the challenges that he faces being neurodivergent.

No parent should apologize for their child’s senses being overwhelmed, yet that is what most parents like Katie do. Whether the setting is a store, mall, airport, concert, birthday party, private home, school, or restaurant the senses can be overwhelmed, communication becomes difficult, and stimming or other regulatory behaviors happen, leading to misunderstanding by those around. This is when the apologizes begin, but that is where they should end.

Sensory Tool House, LLC will never look for an apology for regulatory behaviors.

Katie and Dan know the challenges that caregivers face when supporting a family member with disabilities. No one person’s experience is alike, however there is a binding tie - it is hard and worth every moment.

Katie’s work in the community, education, work experience, and personal experiences provide her with the ability to bring to the community this missing piece; a supportive, safe, shopping experience for all.