For most all children, experiences like going to the zoo or a museum is a fun, memorable activity! They present an opportunity to learn, interact, and experience something different but within these settings, the atmosphere can often be over-stimulating for some. As the number of autism diagnoses are steadily increasing, attractions like these are beginning to adapt to accommodate to those with special needs.
Seattle Pacific Science Center’s butterfly garden is one of these spaces. Inside the inclosed area is a quiet atmosphere, with plants and small insects that visitors can observe.
Devon Mahieu of the UpNorthLive spoke to Benjamin Dwan, the father of three-year-old Dexter. “When we get to a place he is not familiar with, it takes him some time to get used to it, but once he gets used to it he gets pretty comfortable,” Dwan says.
Karlisa Callwood said the science center recognizes those sensitivities and once a month they offer free special early and late hours for families with autistic children, according to UpNorthLive.
“Two time periods are for anyone who can benefit from fewer crowds, reduced noises coming from exhibits and the sounds coming from exhibits. So, it is a calmer experience,” said Callwood to Mahieu.
It’s great that attractions children love are working towards accommodating all needs. No child should be deprived of this experience because they function differently. We applaud Seattle Pacific Science Center!