Kids with Autism to Meet Local Heroes at Sensory-Friendly Safety Day

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Centria Autism Services Partners with Farmington Hills Police and Fire Departments to Host Free Day of Family Fun

Children with autism and their families are invited to meet real-life superheroes – that is, local firefighters and police officers – during Sensory-Friendly Safety Day, presented by Centria Autism Services. The event is free and open to families of all ages and abilities, and will take place at the Costick Activities Center in Farmington Hills on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 1pm-3pm.

The Farmington Hills Police Department and Fire Department will be on-site to meet and greet with kids, and provide useful safety information to parents. They will also be giving tours of a “sensory-friendly” fire truck and police car, which will not have any flashing lights or loud sirens. This will best accommodate children who have autism or sensory sensitivities.

“We want people to know that in this community, we have special training and dispatch protocols that are specifically designed to help people with special needs,” said Inspector Stanley Barnes of the Farmington Hills Fire Department. “This event is a great way for us to spread awareness and safety information, while also creating fun memories with kids so they know that we’re here to help and serve them.”

Sensory-Friendly Safety Day will also feature several kid-friendly activities inside the gymnasium, including a photo booth, a professional face painter, an arts and crafts table, safety sign games, a stop-drop-and-roll station, snacks, and more. The event will also feature resource tables from organizations such as Autism Moms Know Safety and Centria Autism Services.

“As the nation’s largest provider of ABA therapy for children with autism, we speak with hundreds of parents and families every day. Every parent cares deeply about providing their kids with the best experiences possible, and a huge part of that is knowing how to keep them safe,” said Matt Blouin, Marketing Director at Centria Healthcare. “It is our hope that this event will help contribute to a happy and safe summer for everyone.”

For more information, or to RSVP for Sensory-Friendly Safety Day, please visit http://www.centriaautism.com/events or call 1-855-772-8847.

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About Centria Autism Services:
Centria Autism Services is an operating division of Centria Healthcare and a leading national provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism and their families. With its national headquarters in Michigan, and more than 2,000 clinical staff working in eight states, Centria’s Optimal Outcomes approach combines child-centered evidence-based ABA with best practices to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have the best developmental experience possible and acquire the skills to reach their fullest potential.

About Autism:
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – Autism Spectrum Disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States have autism, an large increase in the past 40 years that is partly explained by improved diagnosis and greater awareness.

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