Sensory Friendly Sundays at PFAC

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Any museum is an inspiring place for children to visit, however, we do understand that public outings with children on the autistic spectrum can often be challenging. Autism is a condition which affects how a person experiences the world around them. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world in a different way to other people.  Children on the spectrum have a variety of different needs and we know that there is no one sizes all solution.  However, we try to offer a variety of options to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the exhibitions and programs at PFAC.

We are offering a suggested quieter time for a visit to our exhibitions. Every third Sunday of the month, from 1 pm until 2 pm will be Sensory Friendly Sundays. In addition, PFAC has developed a Sensory Friendly Zone at PFAC.  You will find toys to touch, ear defenders, and a quiet area to sit and read. We are working hard at PFAC to make your visiting process easier; we hope it will make a huge difference to your family!

Ann Dunn one of our parents says, ” PFAC has a been a wonderful place for my daughter Gwen, who has autism.The half day camps were great because a full day camp would have been too much for her to handle. We love the accepting and welcoming atmosphere at PFAC. We recently attended the curator talk where one of the artists was her first camp teacher. He was still as friendly to Gwen now as he was then. Ryan had no small feat of dealing with two girls with autism and a transgender child that first class I met him (out of 8 students). He was better than teachers at school at accepting children with differences.”

As with any of our programs, classes, or camps we want to hear from you. Please tell us what you like or don’t like. We can be reached at 757-596-8175 or by email at cgardner@pfac-va.org.

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