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Families enjoy sensory friendly event at Linder Farms

Posted: 10:23 PM, Oct 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-09 12:24:34-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Picking out pumpkins, riding a wagon, and going through a corn maze are all activities children and their families enjoy during the Fall, but for people on the Autism Spectrum or with a Sensory Processing Disorder, it can be difficult. Loud music, bright lights, and even the feel of straw on their skin can be overwhelming.

The Autism Society Treasure Valley is making it possible for everyone to enjoy the holiday.

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"Parents just think that everything that they go do, like they're being judged if their child is not behaving or if they're crying or they're screaming. They're always worried that they can't participate in those events because it's hard. But when there's events like this it's just amazing and every kid needs to be included and every type of thing that's meaningful and if they never get those opportunities, how will they know that it can be fun," said Kari Thompson, pediatric occupational therapist.

Families were able to play at Linder Farms on Tuesday before it opened at a private event.

"Just a safer place where the other parents understand if somebody begins to have a meltdown or begins to cry or get upset," said April McHugh, mother.

It's an environment for them to learn and grow.

"Depending on the kid, it can be a very stressful and an anxious thing, so having something that's available for them that is during the day with their peers that they can interact with is more beneficial for them and all their friends," said Zachary Crawford, A New Leaf.