Summer is here, and it’s time for long, lazy days and fun family activities. For families of children with autism spectrum disorder, however, finding appropriately inclusive activities can be challenging. Since many children with ASD struggle with sensory issues, sensory-friendly activities are a good place to start when you’re looking for summer fun. Here, we offer a list of some great local opportunities.
- Dallas Children’s Theater offers sensory-friendly plays adapted from their ongoing productions. Lights are brightened, sounds reduced, and children who need a break can take one in the “quiet room” provided at each sensory-friendly performance. For an updated list of scheduled activities, visit DCT’s website.
- At the Dallas Zoo, a “Sensory-Friendly Day” is held once each quarter. During these special events, sound adjustments, sensory activities and quiet zones are provided throughout the zoo. To learn more and find the date of the next Sensory-Friendly Day, check out the events page on the zoo’s website.
- Sensory-friendly movies are offered at many major movie theater chains. AMC’s special screenings happen on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, Studio Movie Grill offers free tickets for children with special needs each month, and Alamo Drafthouse has special screenings that vary by location.
- The Dallas Arts District offers plenty of sensory-friendly options. The Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center each provide Sensory Days, and at the Nasher Sculpture Center, there’s a “Quiet Room” on the basement level for kids who need a break.
- The State Fair of Texas is worth marking on the calendar as a fun fall event. The Fair offers Sensory-Friendly Mornings, with modifications that include sound and light adjustments, and a guided itinerary provided for families. For a list of 2019 dates, check out BigTex.com.
- Sensory Sundays at the Crayola Experience are great fun. This hands–on attraction for the whole family is offered from 9-11 a.m. on Sundays, and features accommodations like dimmed lights, no music, and “Quiet Spaces.”
- Frank Kent’s Dream Park has recently opened in Fort Worth, and it’s definitely worth the trek. Therapeutic swings, sensory boards, and musical and educational components make this a wonderful park for children of all abilities.
For over 20 years, The Behavior Exchange in Plano and Frisco, Texas has been helping children with autism spectrum disorders, behavioral issues, developmental delays, and other special needs to reach their full potential. Our staff is dedicated to helping children achieve their goals, and with the help of families, schools, and other professionals, we apply the patience, focus, expertise, and time that it takes to improve behavioral difficulties. Our goal is to turn every family into a happy family, turn children into successful individuals, help parents to feel empowered, and increase the effectiveness of schools. Providing individualized, early-start therapy, and educational programs for children of all ages, we offer ABA therapy that’s personalized to meet each child’s unique needs. For more information about how we can improve your child’s life and yours, call 972.755.3802, or contact us through our website.