Sensory Saturdays for Families Affected by Autism

Amanda Hicks
Posted by Amanda Hicks
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Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. One in 59 children are now born with autism and one in 37 boys have the disease as it is four times more likely to affect males. 

Because of the increasing number of cases each year, it's likely we know or will meet families affected by autism.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (SFSCA) in West Palm Beach holds "Sensory Saturdays" on the first Saturday of each month, allowing these families to explore the center from 8-10 a.m. before it's open to the public.

Autism impairs children's ability to communicate or interact with others. They'll often avoid eye contact, perform repetitive and unusual behaviors, and have intense reactions to lights, sounds and other things.

Because of this, on Sensory Saturdays, the SFSCA invites those affected by autism spectrum disorder to visit the center when there is no heavy crowd, the lighting is softened, and the noise level is decreased. The facility is also wheelchair accessible. 

Autism costs the average family $60,000 a year, so the SFSCA cuts prices in half on Sensory Saturday to $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids (tickets purchased at the door). 

If you or someone you know is affected by autism, tell them about Sensory Saturdays on the first Saturday of every month at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

For more information call 561-832-1988.

4801 Dreher Tr. N., West Palm Beach.

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