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Summer is fast approaching and there are plenty of sensory-friendly activities and establishments to visit this summer!


1. The Grand's Sensory Friendly Family Shows. Children and adults of all ages and abilities are welcome. The Grand is a non-profit organization partnered with Autism Delaware and Easterseals. They offer flexibility during their performances such as wheelchair seating, use of tablets/phones, low lighting and comfortable sound levels, fidget toys and noise cancelling headphones available.


2. Sensory Friendly Play at Urban Air. Urban air offers designated times for children with Autism and special needs to experience the park without loud noises or flashing lights.


3. Like Urban Air, Shell We Bounce also offers sensory friendly experiences every Monday. They also offer discounted rates for their Special Abilities Day.


4. Port Discovery Museum in Baltimore offers interactive exhibits as well as special services and programs for children with disabilities and special needs.


5. The Adventure Aquarium offers sound reducing headphones, weighted blankets, wheel chairs, and ASL interpreters at no charge during your visit. They also host sensory friendly nights.


6. The Crayola Experience offers sensory friendly nights with 25 hands on quiet attractions. Tickets include admission, a family photo, and exclusive craft.


7. The Elmwood Park Zoo is the first zoo to earn its autism certification. They offer exclusive early or late entry to the zoo for families with special abilities as well as discounted ticket pricing. They also offer quiet spaces, an accessibility map with markings for high traffic areas, potential noise areas and complimentary sensory backpacks with noise cancelling headphones, stress ball, fidget toys, a social story, and sensory map & guide.


More information on these establishments can be found directly on their website. If you are looking for more ideas for things to do this summer, they can be found at https://adayinourshoes.com/sensory-friendly-philadelphia/.

The Hanen Centre offers many different programs, articles, tips, and resources to help your children communicate better. If your child has Autism and is struggling to make eye contact, we encourage you to read this helpful article published from The Hanen Centre.


http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Articles/Four-Tips-for-Helping-Children-with-Autism-Make-Ey.aspx



Delaware parent, Amy Spampinato, writes songs about love and inclusion, creating messages that every parent needs to hear. Her music video for "More Alike Than Different" can be viewed below. If you would like to learn more about her family's journey, music, and upcoming events, visit their website at https://www.theprettycrazies.com/. We hope you enjoy their music as much as we did!