We have a very exciting announcement for My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Sunday at AAHOM! On July 10, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with Sensory Playscapes at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum!
Sensory Playscapes is an on-going research project led by Sean Ahlquist at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning to address particular challenges for children with autism through the design of technology-embedded multi-sensory environments. The intention of the research is to merge the reinforcing capabilities of a multi-sensory experience with skill-building tasks related to fine/gross motor control and social interaction. Through the use of advanced textile design, sensing technology and bespoke software, complex textile landscapes are transformed into physically, visually and sonically interactive environments. The research was spurred initially by Ahlquist's observations of his daughter Ara, a seven year-old with autism and specific issues related to non-verbal communication, sensory-seeking and hypotonia. Currently, the research involves collaboration with Costanza Colombi of the Department of Psychiatry and Leah Ketcheson from the U-M School of Kinesiology. Sensory Playscapes is being piloted to measure the development of skills in grading of movement and fostering of social interactions. The research is based on an approach towards developing engaging rather than engrossing technologies that seamlessly integrate sensory experience and skill-building.
For more information on Sean Ahlquist and his work, visit taubmancollege.umich.edu/faculty/directory/sean-ahlquist
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Please join us at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for a sensory-friendly experience designed for children with ASD on July 10, 2016. Hosted by trained museum educators with help from area Autism support providers, My Turn offers a private, less-stimulating time to experience the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum with other families with similar life experience.
We’ve turned the lights and the noise down and are providing splash protection, sunglasses, and ear protection to help children with ASD enjoy the amazing exhibits and learning experiences the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has to offer. Additionally, children can play on the the Sensory Playscapes exhibit, a multi-sensory play structure with a touch- and presssure-sensitive textile allowing for interactive activities such as coloring and playing music.
Space is limited and registration is required!
Visit myturncommunity.org to sign up today!