Happy Field Trip Friday!
For this week, we will be visiting an autism-friendly theme park… Sesame Place! Sesame Place has two locations (Philadelphia and San Diego), and is the first theme park to become Certified Autism Centers.
This certification allows us to continue the legacy that Sesame Place Philadelphia began years ago becoming the first theme park in the world to be designated as a Certified Autism Center. IBCCES provided a detailed curriculum and exceptional support to help us train hundreds of employees with the tools needed to accommodate anyone in the autistic community.Jim Lake, Sesame Place Park President
Employees at Sesame Place get trained to focus on sensory awareness, social skills, communication, emotion, and how to interact with autistic families and individuals. Along side trained employees, Sesame Place has easily accessible resources on their website that include downloadable guides to make your trip easier! One of these is a sensory guide constructed by IBCCES. The sensory guide gives families an idea of what senses are affected for each ride and attraction at Sesame Place, and allows families to accommodate their trip so it is best suited for their autistic family member. There are also quiet rooms for breaks, and also a “low sensory parade viewing” area for those who want to watch the parade but have difficulty being in a large crowd.
For autistic families looking to take an autism-friendly vacation, this can be a great option! Read more about what accommodations they have for autistic and special needs individuals on their website, and watch the video below to learn more!
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