Families with children who have special sensory needs have a special learning opportunity July 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 6200 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton. (Metro News Service photo)

‘Sensory Sundays’ expand learning activities for families

Families with children who have special sensory needs have a special learning opportunity July 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 6200 DeWeese Parkway, Dayton.

The third of four special events scheduled throughout the year, the day is designed to make the museum more accessible for families with children having special sensory needs. The “Sensory Sunday” activities are facilitated by the museum’s Education Department.

Doctors recommend these specialized environments to allow families the opportunity to enjoy a fun day out, meet with other autism spectrum disorder families, and get hands-on with science in an environment free of judging and unsafe spaces.

Admission for members is free, but advanced tickets are $8 per person; tickets at the door will be $9 per person. Day-of admission for this program will be through the Education Lobby, located to the right of the main museum entrance.

Youth program forms sports group for families with special needs

The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Youth Program and Exceptional Family Member Program will launch a sports program for special needs children ages 9-15, starting Aug. 10.

Registration is open for dependents of active-duty and civilian employees to July 19. The cost is $55, which includes a league uniform and equipment for each participant.

The children can participate in bowling, soccer and basketball. Each sport will run for seven weeks.

“Participating in sports can help instill a sense of self-confidence and improve skills in relationship building working as part of a team,” said Fred McDaniels, assistant youth director. “Most importantly is they can have fun doing it.”

The sports program will allow children with special needs to play with children of a similar skill level, reducing some of the challenges of competition.

To register, contact McDaniels at 656-8682 or visit the Prairies Youth Center, Bldg. 6933.

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