Inclusive playspaces for children with disabilities, plus a class for their grown-ups!

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Extreme Kids & Crew, Red Hook. Extreme Kids & Crew is a welcoming community center where children with disabilities can socialize, create and play, and their families can join in the fun while sharing disability specific resources with other caretakers. Free open play on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm. These play spaces are inspired by children with disabilities. They are gathering places and labs where parents and kids can play and experiment with a trove of therapeutic toys and equipment on their own or with other families.

BAM, Fort Greene. Relaxed Performance of Do Not Disturb, in which four factory workers struggle to assemble a gigantic wheel in this creative evocation of play through work. Relaxed performances support the needs and enjoyment of neural atypical audience members. Modifications will include elimination of blackouts and sudden theatrical cues; maintaining moderate house lighting through the performance; lowering the overall volume of sound elements; allowing for audience vocalization and movement; and allowing for patron exits and entrances whenever needed. Saturday, February 11, 2pm.

Sensory Room, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. Sessions in the space are balanced between self guided exploration of the space and a facilitated program by one of BCM’s Educators. The program might include story time, a song session, parachute play, or meeting one of the Museum’s live animals. This room was created with an advisory committee of scholars and professionals with experience serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). All are welcome in this space, please let the Educator present know if your child has particular needs or sensitivities.

More Than Words, an evidence-based, twelve-week program for parents and caregivers of young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social Communication disorders. In a family-centered, small group setting, parents and caregivers will learn skills to enhance back-and-forth interactions with their children, help improve their children’s social skills and their understanding of language. Additionally, parents and caregivers will learn techniques that facilitate communication development in everyday situations. The program will be held at the Diana Rogovin Davidow Speech-Language-Hearing Center at Brooklyn College, a community based clinic located in the Midwood section of Brooklyn from February through May 2017. The program can supplement a child’s school-based services by providing family education and training. Scholarship opportunities are available for this evidence-based intervention. Please email rachel.l.cortese@gmail.com with questions.