Sesame Place Becomes First Theme Park To Be Designated As Certified Autism Center

Lynne Adkins
April 09, 2018 - 2:42 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Sesame Place will be more welcoming for children with autism when it opens this season.

The theme park in Langhorne, Bucks County has become the first in the world to become a Certified Autism Center. Sesame Place President, Cathy Valeriano, says it was quite an effort to learn the best methods to make the park more friendly to children with special needs.

"We have 1,600 team members here at Sesame Place," she said. "Over 80% have completed the training, so it's an intense, robust training of online courses in the area of sensory awareness, environmental conditions, communications, program development, and in the end there's a competency test."

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The experience begins on the park's website, where parents can find out if a ride would overwhelm a special needs child.

"You can download the sensory guide for everyone of those attractions, which is very, very critical for anyone who has autism," Valeriano said, "so they can be aware of any of those potential sensory concerns that they may have, so if they want to avoid a certain ride or go to a ride, they'll have that in their hands."

There are also special rooms for when children need a break from the sights and sounds.