KultureCity Sensory Inclusion at the Los Angels Zoo
We visited the Los Angeles zoo during summer break. Before heading to the zoo we downloaded the KultureCity application on my phone. We were so excited to see they participated in this sensory inclusive experience. According to the website,
“The Los Angeles Zoo joins over 900 other KultureCity certified sensory inclusive venues across five countries.”
LA ZOO website
Sensory Sensitivity and autism:
The website goes on to share more information about the sensory challenges people with autism experience and how they have partnered with experts in the field to create an inclusive and supportive experience at the zoo for folks that experience sensory challenges. If you want to read more about this you can check out the website here: KultureCity Sensory Inclusion
Picking up the bag:
We were directed to the stroller pick up area to get the bag. The woman at this stand re-directed us to the gift shop to get the sensory bag and told us we needed to find a manager. After some time went by where staff was trying to locate a manager and checking other guests, we came in contact with a manager to check out the bag. The waiting and passing us along almost caused my son to melt down. I had my ID scanned and signed a photo-copy of the license which a copy of the contents of the bag for them to check upon return. Once we had the bag we layed it out out on the bench and took this picture…
The bag included two fidgets and a set of noise canceling head phones and a lanyard. We didn’t ends up using the lanyard or headphones but the fidgets were nice to have.
While waiting for the zoo shuttle in the heat, my son was getting close to a meltdown. I looked in the bag for the emotion scale but didn’t see it so I logged on to their app and found it there.
One of the best parts of the app is the social story which outlines what to expect at the zoo. The social story was really helpful to read prior to going to the zoo and helped preview what to expect during our visit at the zoo. The link to their social story can be found here…
As a way to help pay for college over 20 years ago I did Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I am now on my winding path to become a BCBA and I have returned to ABA after a 20+ year absence. This video shares how much ABA has changed over the last 20 years. As a Behavioral Therapist, I work with kids and families and love sharing my ABA story. I also share a few tips for families to look in an ABA program.
This video will explore: Early signs of Autism within developmental domains (social, communication and behavior) An example of a widely used early autism screener http://www.m-chat.org Why some children slip through the cracks and don’t get a diagnosis early Who the “first responders” are to autism diagnosis Thank you for watching and for being an inclusive educator!
A child who has difficulties going to bed, falling asleep, staying asleep, can make night time a horrible ordeal!
Night waking and challenges in falling asleep are common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I have used the textbook A Work in Progress as a reference to share a sleep protocol to help children and their families.
The protocol consists of 4 steps:
Download the full slide deck that teaches the four step sleep protocol. There is also a visual bedtime routine picture schedule at the end of the slide deck that can be used at home.
On this MLK weekend, I would like to honor the heros of inclusion and the work parents have done. Tireless effort over the years have created change and much of the credit is due to families of students with special needs. If you are a parent of a child with special needs you are my hero! Please watch this brief history of special education which started with exclusion and ends with inclusion. Lets keep advocating on behalf of our most precious and valuable students and know how far we have come!
As a teacher in higher education, I love working with teachers who are just starting out in the field. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn is so heartening!
I put together this video lecture for them to learn more about the Autism (ASD) evaluation for our state of Oregon. I decided to publish it on my blog so parents/caretakers and others can learn more as well!