Starting in September, the Children's Museum of Tacoma, together with the Exceptional Families Network's support group, SPECIAL Families of Pierce County, will host a monthly evening program for families with children who have special needs.
For parents, the informational family nights will include parent networking, coffee and a featured speaker addressing topics related to special needs. Children will have the opportunity to have a sensory-friendly and supported play experience in the museum galleries with trained volunteers and museum personnel.
Programs will take place on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 13 and running through December (specific dates: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13).
In September, an occupational therapist will be on hand to talk about the purpose of play. In October, the discussion will focus on self care and wellness for parents. In November, a topic related to communication and friendships will be addressed by a speech therapist. The December program will be a fun holiday social gathering for the entire family.
The program is free, but donations will be gladly accepted to help offset program costs. Space is limited. Advance registration through SPECIAL Families of Pierce County is required for admission of all children into the museum galleries on event nights. Parents will need to complete an online intake form for each child they plan to bring. The form is linked on the main page of the Exceptional Families Network website at www.exceptional-families.org. If you wish to attend without your child, an email RSVP is preferred but not required.
To review upcoming speakers and topics, please visit the Exceptional Families Network at www.exceptional-families.org and click on "Events." Meeting details and schedules are also available from SPECIAL Families of Pierce County at www.special-families.org. Learn about the Children's Museum of Tacoma at www.playtacoma.org.