Special Needs Resources
Families with special needs will also want to follow our Dandelion column within each issue of Sacramento Parent for articles, events and resources conveniently gathered in one section.
JANUARY SPECIAL EVENTS FOR FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Read, bounce, play and watch movies at these special events designed specifically for families that have children with autism and/or sensory disorders.
*Sometimes plans change, please confirm events before you go.
10am at Rancho Cordova Library
A special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. This program will feature books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more! Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the library! For more information, contact Susanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 264-2920.
Sensory Storytime Explorers
3:30 at Rancho Cordova Library
Discover a world of sensory fun! This program is designed for older children with autism and/or sensory disorders. We’ll bring stories to life, practice social skills and learn by playing games and focused activities. For more info, contact Susanna: email@example.com.
10:30am at Fair Oaks Library
A special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more! Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the library! For more information, contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 264-2920.
10:30am at Southgate Library
This inclusive storytime was developed for youth with autism and/or sensory disorders and their families/caregivers. It features songs, stories, sensory activities and interactive materials. The program is targeted for a developmental age of 2 to 6 years old. Behaviors and/or noise are no problem. Siblings are welcome!
10am at Carmichael Library
A special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. This program will feature books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more! Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem at the library! For more information, contact Kathy at email@example.com or call 264-2920.
Rhythm & Grooves
11am, every 3rd Saturday of the month at North Natomas Library
Has your child been diagnosed with autism and is between the ages of 0 to 5? Does your child enjoy singing and dancing along to music? This music playgroup provides a safe environment for kids on the autism spectrum and their siblings to sing and dance while making new friends. Meet other parents who share your journey. Funding is provided by First 5 Sacramento.
10:30am at Southgate Community Library
A special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. The Incredibles are back and this time Mr. Incredible is left home with the kids when Elastigirl becomes the new face of superheroes. All toddlers and preschoolers are welcome. We'll have healthy snacks, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don't need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. There will also be lots of fidget toys.
10am at North Natomas Library
This inclusive storytime is for children with developmental disabilities such as sensory disorders, autism and Down syndrome. It features songs, stories, and other activities for children with a developmental age of 2 years to 6 years. Behaviors and/or noise are no problem. Siblings are welcome. Meet other parents!
1/6 & 1/20
9am at the Sacramento Children’s Museum
A free bi-monthly, play-based program offering children on the autism spectrum, ages 2 to 10, an opportunity to play in a safe setting, explore novel sensory equipment and materials, and work on social skills and building friendships, facilitated by a rotation of Sacramento area therapists from a variety of modalities. To register, please call 916-638-7225 x.103 or visit the Museum website.
Sensory Sensitive Sundays
9am at Chuck E. Cheese's
On the first Sunday of each month, the Roseville location makes their venue a sensory-friendly environment with dimmed lighting, lowered music and limited appearances by Chuck E.
For more monthly library events and storytimes visit: https://www.meetup.com/AccessABILITY/. Do you know of a local event for families with special needs? We’d love to share it with readers, email the details to Shannon@SacramentoParent.com.
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