Science is one of my favorite subjects that I tutor for my students with autism, so I was so excited when I had the opportunity to visit NASA's Space Center in Houston this summer. I had a fantastic visit, and learned just a little bit about the resources they have to make the center more welcoming and friendly to families of children with autism.
I recently had the opportunity to get more details about all of the amazing events and resources that the center has. Check out the list below if you're interested in visiting the center or to get ideas for how to help your child visiting similar museums and centers.
- Certified Autism Center
- Sensory Friendly Events
- Day Camps
- Sensory Guides for Many Exhibits
- Social Narrative
- Photo Flashcards for Vocabulary or Making a Picture Schedule
- Sensory Backpacks
- touch (such as sitting close to other people or sitting in an enclosed area),
- taste (not applicable for many activities),
- sound (such as use of microphones/loudspeaker or sound effects),
- smell (not applicable for many activities), and
- sight (such as bright or flashing lights)
These guides can help you decide which activities you might want to visit with your child. You can find all of the guides on this website under the section labeled, "Accessibility Resources."
- the entrance process, such as waiting in line and going through the security checkpoint,
- simple rules to follow at the center,
- information about the exhibits at the space center, and
- fun facts about astronomy, NASA, and the space center.