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July 23, 2024

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Discovery Center Hosts Autism Awareness Events

Two April events recognize World Autism Awareness Month.

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is offering two events for Autism Awareness Month in April. Many families will be able to benefit from the Sibshops program in addition to All Access Night. Registrations are requested.

About the Sibshops program

SibshopsΒ  is for children ages 8 to 13 who have a sibling with autism or other special health and developmental conditions. The drop-off event takes place Thursday, April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Registration is $10 per child, and dinner is included.

β€œI’m thrilled to bring Sibshops back to the Discovery Center,” says Tara MacDougall, president and CEO of the Discovery Center. β€œMany brothers and sisters of children with conditions like autism can feel unseen or unheard. Our Sibshops program provides them with an outlet for their feelings and a night of fun with other children going through similar experiences.” 

The Autism Awareness program is specifically designed to help siblings of children with autism (and other special health and developmental conditions). Kids will learn about their siblings in a safe and relaxed environment. They will be encouraged to express concerns and ask questions. In addition, they will feel recognized and find a community of other children coping with similar situations.Β 

About All Access Night

All Access Night takes place onΒ Thursday, April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. This Autism Awareness event provides a sensory-friendly way for families with children with autism (and other special health and developmental conditions) to explore the museum’s exhibits. The event is free, but reservations are suggested. Β 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.