ExplorABILITY is a FREE bi-monthly play-based program for children on the autism spectrum, ages three to ten. In contrast to our Beary Special Play Date, which is open to family and friends, ExplorABILITY is designed for participant(s) and caregiver(s) only.
With a maximum of 20 participants per session, the ExplorABILITY program offers an opportunity for children on the autism spectrum to play in the Museum in a safe setting facilitated by a rotation of Sacramento area professionals from a variety of disciplines, including Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Play Therapy, Music Therapy, Physical Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, and more.
From 10 a.m.- 11 a.m, participants explore the Museum in an open-play format as our professionals develop an engagement approach as they get to know you and your child(ren). When the Museum opens to the general public at 11:00 a.m., participants are invited to stay and play under the supervision of the caregiver to practice new skills with new friends!
There is NO expectation on the part of the program organizers for your child to immediately engage or to participate in a specific way! This program is all about PLAY! In order for play to be meaningful, it must be spontaneous and above all else, it must be FUN. Our goal with the ExplorABILITY program is to PLAY AND HAVE FUN, while introducing our players to novel experiences, scaffolding interactive play with other children, and providing sensory exploration - all of which can be done as we follow the lead of the child, as opposed to attempting to mold a child into a structure that doesn't fit.
This program is offered on the first & third Sundays of the month, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Registration is required for participant and one chaperone.
If you have any questions, please contact program coordinator Molly Mix at 916-638-7225 x103 or email [email protected].