Autism Acceptance Month: Community Resources

Autism Acceptance Month: Community Resources

Autism Acceptance Month 2022

In honor of April being Autism acceptance month, we have created a guide to sensory-friendly family fun in Nashville and surrounding cities. Check it out!

Sensory Friendly Guide

SafeSplash Swim School – Nashville & Franklin

  • They provide private swimming lessons to kids with various needs, including Autism and sensory sensitivities. They believe that “swimming is a life skill, and that all children are safer and happier when they learn the basics of water safety.” Find more information here. 

Urban Air Adventure Park – Nashville, Franklin, and coming soon to Murfreesboro

  • Urban Air’s Sensory Friendly Play is “specifically designed for children with Autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park without loud music, flashing lights- and to have a lot of fun!” Find more information here. 

Nashville Zoo – Nashville

  • They have created tools and supports to enhance a zoo visit for families with children on the autism spectrum. Materials include visual schedules, zoo map with quiet areas, and social stories about zoo experiences in English and Spanish. Learn more and access these materials for free here.

Nashville Symphony – Nashville

  • Their Family Series is “the perfect way to introduce young listeners to the orchestra, with themed concerts that invite kids and adults alike to become active participants in the concert experience. All Family Series concerts are sensory friendly.” Learn more here. 

We Rock the Spectrum Gyms – Franklin

  • We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gyms were created to “provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together.”  These inclusive indoor gyms are made up of sensory equipment designed for children with sensory processing disorders. The Franklin gym includes: various swings, crash mats, a zip line, trampolines, play structures, sensory based toys, fine motor arts and crafts station, and a calming room. See more on their website here.

Adventure Science Center – Nashville

  • The Adventure Science has created a calm down space for those who may feel overwhelmed or overstimulated during their time. They also provide sensory bags to all guests, which include noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads. Learn more here!

Regal Movie Theatre – Opry Mills, Nashville

  • Regal’s “My Way Matinee” is an opportunity to experience a movie with the lights turned up and the volume turned down. It is a “safe space for guests to freely express themselves by singing, crying, dancing, walking around, talking or shouting” while enjoying the movie. Learn more on their website here.

If your family would like to learn more about Autism, check out these kid-friendly tools:

 

It is a privilege to get to know, teach, learn from, and serve alongside the children with Autism and their families each and every day. Happy Autism Acceptance Month!

 

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