As summer is approaching, so is high season for theme parks across the nation. It’s common for families to take advantage of the sunny weather with a trip to park that offers fun for everyone. Everyone without sensory issues, that is. With all the sounds, crowds, lights and excitement, theme parks can be complete overload for someone with sensory issues.
Last summer we were excited to learn the Chuck E. Cheese started Sensory Sensitive Sundays for children with sensory issues. Now, we are thrilled to see that an entire theme park has opened, created specifically for children with sensory issues!
Introducing, Sesame Place, the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Sesame Place® was partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES to become the first theme park in the world to be designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC).
Their goal is to “provide every family with an enjoyable and memorable visit to Sesame Place, and we are proud to offer specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs”.
Here are some of the features you can expect when visiting the park:
- Certified Staff with specialized training providing skills to cater to all children, including those with special need.
- IBCCES Sensory Guide™ which provides insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for rides and attractions at Sesame Place.
- Ride Accessibility Program that matches the individual abilities of our guests to the requirements of each ride, providing a safe and fun experience for all children. Families can fill our a questionnaire and once the form is validated, a personalized list of rides and attractions will be provided to you.
- Ride Accessibility Guide that provides an overview of services and facilities available for guests with special needs who are visiting Sesame Place.
- Quiet Rooms for relief from sensory stimulation. These rooms have adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.
- Noise-Cancelling Headphones called WhispEars™ are provided to families with hearing sensitivity and can be used for the entire day at the park.
- Low Sensory Areas for guests in need of a more quiet location in the park.
- Low Sensory Parade Viewing for guests who want to enjoy the parade without direct character interaction such as “hugs” or “high fives”.
- Dining Options & Allergen Information to accommodate guests with food allergies (learn more here).
If you haven’t started planing your family’s summer vacation, started with Sesame Place is a great place to start! Like they say, “before little kids become big kids, bring the entire family to whirl on rides, splash down slides and hug everyone’s favorite furry friends”. What are you waiting for?
For more information on Sesame Place, visit there website here.