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Neurodivergent Family Night

May 18, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This special evening is an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to enjoy The City in a sensory-friendly environment, along with other families. Our community partners, who specialize in supporting the neurodiverse community will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.

Specifically, for Families with children of all ages from the neurodiverse community and with other disabilities. Pretend City will be closed to the public. 

Fee: FREE to behavioral therapists and neurodiverse children or with other disabilities and their immediate families

RSVP: HERE. Max: 250 guests* Only families that pre-registered will be allowed to enter the museum. Please have your ID ready to show at the front desk to confirm your registration. Thank you!

(CARD) The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is the nation’s leading treatment provider with over 30 years of experience. CARD leads the world in the effective treatment of Autism, guided by science and inspired by compassion, to help people with autism and their families thrive. 

 Dr. Gary Liu, Pediatric Dentist at Kind Smiles, will be present to share about his practice and answer questions from caregivers. 

 Parent Support Group: Benefits of Neuro-Affirmative Pretend Play: A Tool Parents MUST Learn 

Pretend play is a fundamental component of childhood development that has been extensively studied over the past several decades. In recent years, researchers have begun to explore the specific benefits of neuro-affirmative pretend play, which is play that validates, understands, builds on special interests and encourages autistic and neurodiverse children to embrace their unique identities and attributes. In this workshop, we will examine the latest research and watch implementation videos with autistic child.  

The founder of Braloooo, Monal, will be here to share how she created success with her non-speaking autistic son by teaching him to communicate and effectively eradicate meltdowns in less than 2 years by implementing Neuro-Affirmative Pretend Play.  She will be joined by a local Speech Language Pathologist who has supported hundreds of non-verbal autistic children over the past 25 years including those with the dual diagnosis such as autism and apraxia. 

 RSVP to carly.snyder@pretendcity.org 


AUsome Sauce will be back in the city to educate families about their interactive mixers for children with Autism from age 2-2nd grade! 


May 18, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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