Community-based recreational events for children with ASD and their families
What is it about?
Families of children with ASD are frequently searching for community-based, recreational events that the whole family can enjoy. This study examines parent perceptions of an event designed specifically for children with ASD, their families, and invited guests to allow children to play and interact in a welcoming, sensory-friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere. Children with ASD were able to enjoy various recreational events housed in a children's museum located in a rural area, thereby providing opportunities for socialization, play, and interaction. Parents and siblings were also able to make connections with other families which allowed for camaraderie and peer support.
Why is it important?
The incidence of ASD is increasing yearly and it is crucial that our communities are willing and ready to support the unique recreational needs of this population of children and families.
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