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Sensory Sundays fun at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum

Fairbanks Children's Museum
Fairbanks Children's Museum(KTVF)
Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 4:41 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Learning should be comfortable for everyone and the Fairbanks Children’s Museum has a solution to increase comfort for the neurodivergent community. The museum has expanded their mission with the adoption of “Sensory Sundays” every 1st and 3rd Sunday as a way to accommodate those with sensory sensitivities.

The Children’s Museum is offering children with special needs and sensory processing differences the opportunity to visit the museum in a much more friendly environment. Sensory-friendly museum time is designated for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), different processing needs, as well as children with special / medical requirements, to have a fun, enjoyable, and interactive experience in a comfortable and peaceful space.

Although the goal is to give special needs children an opportunity to play, families of all ages are invited to participate. “So Sensory Friendly Sundays are for anyone that could just use the museum in a quieter, more intimate setting. We have less people, we have less light, and less distractions and allows anyone that needs it to experience the museum fully at their own pace. It’s really nice to acknowledge that we have people in our community that could use a special time. Or that maybe the museum is a little bit too overwhelming when we are open normally, so we just want to make sure that everyone can experience the museum since we think that it’s a pretty cool treasure.” says, Jessica Farr, Education and Outreach Director.

For questions, please call 907-374-7063 or email hello@fairbankschildrensmuseum.com

To learn more about Autism, visit the Alaska Autism Resource Center, AARC, at http://alaskaarc.org/.

AARC is a program of the Special Education Service Agency (SESA), which seeks to promote awareness and support of autism in the communities of Alaska. AARC provides information to families of children with autism and helps to increase the availability of services in the state. Also, the center provides in-service training to school districts and provides information on all aspects of autism spectrum disorders.

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