Children offered individual time at Miami Children’s Museum

February 28, 2013 by  

The Miami Children’s Museum is offering some respite to parents of children with autism with its Sensory Saturday program.

The museum is now reserved for special needs children and their families one Saturday every month for two hours, during which the admission is reduced from $16 to $6. In those two hours, the normally up-beat music, sirens, and bright lights that delight most children are toned down. Special activities, dimmed lights and the calming influence of classical music help the children focus on enjoying everything the Miami Children’s Museum has to offer.

Parents of children with autism in Miami will probably know that they can face problems when exposed to more stimuli than they can handle on an outing. These children and those with developmental disabilities often suffer from light and sound hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity. As a result, they may suffer sensory overload in what would normally be a child-friendly environment.

In addition to toning down the stimuli in the museum’s galleries, the special-needs kids also benefit from the small number of visitors sharing the museum with them. Typically, on Saturdays the museum is filled with 500 to 600 excited kids but, during the Sensory Saturday two-hour program, there are only 50 to 75 children. In addition to fewer visitors being beneficial to those children with autism, it is also helpful for those children dealing with physical disabilities.

For additional information, contact The Miami Children’s Museum and ask staff if they have a recent catalog printing or a flyer with the dates for Sensory Saturdays in 2013.