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The State Museum's Sensory Friendly Day is an Event Especially for Kids with Special Needs

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A special sensory room with blocks, coloring books and toys was created for the visitors. A special sensory room with blocks, coloring books and toys was created for the visitors.

By Christina L. Myers

The South Carolina State Museum celebrated Sensory Friendly Day Monday.  The South Carolina Autism Society partnered with the museum to provide a museum experience specifically for children with special needs.

South Carolina Autism Society member Breck Cronise said it was important to host events like this for children in the community.

"They're going to be free of judgment," said Cronise.  "As family they are going to come here and be whoever they need to be during this day without worrying about someone getting angry at them."

The museum staff updated their museum for the day to create a sensory friendly environment including adding a room with toys specifically for the children, turning the lights up where it was dark and turning sounds down in their exhibits.

Parent Michelle Adair said she appreciates special days like this that focus on the needs of her child.

"I have a child with autism," said Adair.  "I decided to let my child play hooky from school so he and I could come up here and do this together."

Sensory Friendly day is held multiple times throughout the year.

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