Children’s Museum of Tacoma hosts evening for children with special needs

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 in the museum’s program room 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 this fall on the second Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m., beginning in September and running through December, 2012. Event dates are: 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 pay-as-you-will donations will be gladly accepted to help offset program costs. Parking on the street is free after 6 p.m.

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 To request a link to the intake form via email, please contact Dena Radcliffe from SPECIAL Families of Pierce County at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish to attend without your child, an email RSVP is preferred but not required.

To review upcoming speakers and topics, visit the Exceptional Families Network at and click on Events. Meeting details and schedules are also available from SPECIAL Families of Pierce County at You also find EFN and SFPC at and Learn about the Children’s Museum of Tacoma at

For additional information or other questions, contact Angela Fish at the Exceptional Families Network and SPECIAL Families of Pierce County at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Debbie Kray at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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