Sesame Place Is The First Autism Certified Theme Park!
April 9, 2018
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April 9, 2018
I’ve taken my son to Sesame Place many times! He’s 14 years old, but he’ll never be too old for Sesame Place! And the park has always been very receptive to kids with special needs.
However, Sesame Place, the “Sesame Street”-themed amusement park in Langhorne, PA has now become the world’s first amusement park designated as a certified autism center.
They announced the news last week writing:
“It’s our goal to provide every family with an enjoyable and memorable visit, and we are proud to offer specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs.”
Sesame Place worked with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to ensure that all its staff members received autism sensitivity and awareness training in areas like sensory awareness, motor skills, program development, social skills, communication, environment and emotional awareness.
Here are some other details of what they have to offer specially for our ASD kiddos, taken from the Sesame Place website:
The IBCCES Sensory Guide provides insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for rides and attractions at Sesame Place.
Our Ride Accessibility Program (RAP) matches the individual abilities of our guests to the requirements of each ride. RAP is designed to allow guests to fully participate in the enjoyment of our park while keeping in mind the safety requirements of our rides and attractions.The program was developed based on the requirements of the ride manufacturer and by evaluating the physical and mental attributes required to safely ride each ride. It is our policy to allow anyone to ride our rides and enjoy our attractions as long as they meet all these requirements and such that it does not present a potential hazard to the guest or to others.
To enroll in the RAP program, we recommend filling out the Ride Accessibility Questionnaire before your arrival. No additional documentation is required to enroll in the RAP program. Bring the completed questionnaire to The Welcome Center (located just inside the front gate on the left-hand side). Once the form is validated, a personalized list of rides and attractions will be provided to you.
Guests enrolled in RAP may be eligible for our Special Access Program, which allows guests to enjoy priority boarding on attractions.
Our Ride Accessibility Guide provides an overview of services and facilities available for guests with special needs who are visiting Sesame Place. We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment to all guests.
Guests in need of some quiet time and relief from sensory stimulation can utilize one of our two newly-renovated quiet rooms near Big Bird’s Rambling River. These rooms have adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.
Sesame Place is proud to offer noise-cancelling headphones, WhispEars™, provided by KidCo. Guests with hearing sensitivity may pick up WhispEars™ at The Family Care Center. WhispEars™ are available on a first come, first served basis and must be returned to The Family Care Center before the end of the day.
Guests in need of a more quiet location in the park are encouraged to visit the area behind the Sesame Street® Neighborhood as well as the area by the Twiddle Bug Tracks next to Ernie’s Teeny Tiny Tidal Wave. While these locations are not designated quiet areas, they are often less populated areas of the park.
Guests who want to enjoy the parade without direct character interaction such as “hugs” or “high fives” are encouraged to sit closest to where our parade begins and/or several rows back from the parade viewing line.
And the most exciting news!
“Sesame Street” character Julia, who has autism, will also be at the park for guests to visit!!
Julia was introduced to the cast a few years back as part of the Sesame’s Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative.
Sesame Place opens for the season on April 28.
Look for the king and I to be there sometime in early July! 🙂
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).