Blog Author: Sydney-Ellen Cooke

Children sitting in an audience at a sensory-friendly play.

What Is a Sensory-Friendly Play?

A sensory-friendly play is simply a play that has been adapted to be less overwhelming for the senses. Essentially, it becomes friendly for your audience’s sensory experience. Plays become sensory-friendly by changing things in the theatre and by changing the play itself, if needed. The same play may be adapted differently by different theatres. Likewise,

Three adults surrounding an adult sitting in a wheelchair holding a phone.

Website Accessibility Includes Being Sensory-Friendly

Have you ever thought about the accessibility of your website? Or the accessibility of websites you visit? You might think that website accessibility is only important, for instance, for people who have changes in their vision and use screen readers. The accessibility of your website is critical for anyone who uses a screen reader and

Young boy wearing noise-cancelling ear muffs.

What Does It Mean to be Sensory Sensitive?

Have you heard the term sensory sensitivity? Additionally, you may also be wondering why more events and locations as identifying as being sensory-friendly. Learn about how sensory sensitivities are driving a large and growing community of people to seek out sensory-friendly experiences. For someone who is sensory sensitive, they experience one or more of the

Two young siblings watching sensory-friendly show from boat.

6 Ways To Have a Sensory-Friendly Fireworks Show for Your Child

Fireworks are often used to celebrate with people coming together to mark a holiday or special occasion. The bright lights of a firework show are exciting for many families. However, fireworks can also be overwhelming and stressful for children, adults and pets, alike! The loud noise of explosions, the unexpected sounds and lights, the sudden

Infographic highlighting 10 sensory-friendly greetings.

Use Sensory-Friendly Greetings To Manage Your Child’s Sensory Overload

Does your child run and hide when guests arrive at your home during the holidays? Maybe your child cries when a long-lost relative goes to hug them. Does your child shy away and become silent when greeted by holiday guests? If these scenarios resonate with you, then you may be worried about how your child

Three young girls at standing on trampoline at indoor recreation center.

Make your Sport or Recreation Center Sensory-Friendly

Are accessibility and inclusion important to you? Indoor and outdoor recreation centers or rec centers, sports centers or clubs, community centers, activity centers, and play parks are busy, noisy and bright! For people of all ages who experience sensory sensitivity or sensory overload, a busy, noisy and bright environment is a barrier. As a result,

Young girl in wheelchair holding racket on tennis court.

Disabled Person or Person With a Disability?

Many people are confused and apprehensive about how to refer to different groups of people. That includes people with disabilities, as well as older adults, for example. The words you use change over time and new words emerge. Simply put, it is often unclear how to refer to other people in a way that is

A young family of four sitting around a camp fire smiling.

How to Have a Sensory-Friendly Camping Experience

If you are a parent with a child who doesn’t like camping, creating a sensory-friendly camping experience might just be the answer. In particular, children with autism or a sensory disorder travelling, sleeping outdoors, having strangers at neighboring campsites may be a sensory-rich experience. However, with simple changes and planning, sensory-friendly camping can make the

Santa Clause waving at a sensory-friendly parade.

Choose a Sensory Friendly Santa Claus Parade for Your Child

Parades are a sensory-rich experience. As a result, parades are often a Christmas event that is not accessible to many families. Is that true for your family? Sensory-rich means there is a lot of things in the location or event that stimulate the senses. Moreover, you have more than 5 senses. For many children (and

Family on Christmas morning unwrapping presents.

5 Steps to a Sensory Friendly Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of the year for families to celebrate the holiday season. Getting together with friends and family, visiting Santa and watching a Santa Claus Parade are all part of the fun.  However, for many children and adults, Christmas is stressful. The change in routine, interacting with strangers and being in large

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