Children’s Museum holds special time for kids with sensory disabilities
A few times a year the Lincoln Children's Museum will open a bit early or stay open a little late for families that have a child with sensory processing disorders such as Autism.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A few times a year the Lincoln Children’s Museum will open a bit early or stay open a little late for families that have a child with sensory processing disorders such as Autism. Sunday morning the ‘sensory play day’ happened yet again for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak.
Cris Peterson, has brought her son, Max, to every sensory event the Children’s Museum has had since it started, just a little over a year ago. She said it’s great to have that special time for the kids with sensory issues because they get overwhelmed so quickly. But in wake of COVID-19, the museum shut its doors for several months and kids lost out on time at their favorite place including children on the spectrum who lost out on their special time they get without the general public.
“When we told him we were coming here he was so excited, he has missed the museum so much” Petersen said.
The sensory play day usually happens four times a year but in the midst of the coronavirus, children lost out on their special time at the museum in the Spring. For parents, the special dedicated time for these kids, give them a peace of mind not only for their sensory processing disorder but also in the time of a world wide pandemic.
“To have a sensory event there may be a dozen kids here, it’s a time for Max to enjoy himself without having a lot of different sensory things going on and to get overwhelmed and just really have a meltdown because he can’t handle all the sensory issues” Petersen said.
Petersen made what is called a ‘Social Story’ which is a picture book for kids to help them transition and know what to expect when going to an event in the age of the coronavirus. It may say, ‘don’t be afraid when adults have masks on’ or ‘these events may be closed but don’t be worried, it’s to keep you safe’. To take a closer look at the ‘Social Story’ you can click here.
The museum is hoping to hold another sensory play day by the end of the year, no date has been set at this time.