Raleigh, NC, September 19, 2019
For some families who have children living with autism and sensory challenges, leaving the house can be a very difficult experience. Easterseals UCP partnered with the NC Symphony to create a positive musical event for all families called the Sensory-Friendly NC Symphony Concert.
Last weekend parents and their children with a wide range of diagnosis and challenges filled the concert hall. Prior to the concert J.J. Hamilton, Easterseals UCP Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst, met with 40 volunteers and held an interactive training on what to expect and how to address behaviors. She said, “I explained that children may not have an appropriate reaction to the concert. They may scream and hold their ears but that may be their way to adjust the sensory input.”
Children were free to walk around, make noise and be themselves. The NC Symphony dimmed the lights, provided quiet rooms and an instrument zoo for children.
“We want to make an impact on the community. Often families feel like their kids living with disabilities must be hidden away and aren’t accepted in public places. It was nice to be part of this concert and bring families to together outside the home,” said J.J.
She provides autism services located at the Charlie Gaddy Center in Raleigh. She said, “If a kid struggles, the family struggles. I’m glad to be able to give them training and positive supports to help the entire family.” Learn about Easterseals UCP Autism Services.
The NC Symphony and the team of sponsors considered this first concert a success. Another sensory-friendly concert will be scheduled next year.ABOUT EASTERSEALSEasterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Kathy.Edgerton@eastersealsucp.com(O) 919-865-8660 | (C) 919-208-0621