Where a kid can be a kid!  Chuck E. Cheese’s believes that their mantra applies to all kids, no matter their age or disability.  Because of that, they enacted Sensory Sensitive Sundays just for autistic children.

Normally, their venues are noisy, bright, and energetic, which can be intimidating for some children.   It’s heartbreaking to think that the stimuli we naturally filter out completely shuts down others.

So, the chain want to change that and let every child enjoy their games, food, and play place.

The restaurants will hold special Sensory Sensitive days on the first Sunday of each month.  Chuck E. Cheese’s will only allow a limited number of people into their locations two hours early so not to create crowding.  Some autistic children tend to become overstimulated and possibly triggered by large crowds.

Also, the chain will keep the lights low and soft, for those who have sensitivity to light.  On top of that, they will turn the music low or off entirely for children with auditory disabilities.

So, no matter the potential obstacle, children will have the chance to play plenty of fun games and eat delicious food in peace.

Since some children might feel afraid of Chuck E the mascot, he won’t make many appearances, either.  But, honestly, some adults might not like the idea of a giant walking mouse head, too.  The last thing anyone wants is for a child to stop having fun because they became overwhelmed by fear.

Because of that, only the finest and most caring of staff will work on Sensory Sensitive Sundays.  The trained workers will be able to keep an eye on the children and help parents should anything happen.

Unfortunately, not every Chuck E. Cheese’s location offers these sensory days.  The only CT locations involved are Manchester, Newington, Orange, and Waterbury.

Manchester and Waterbury moved their sensory days to 5/6, just so you know.

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children.  However, depending on where they are on the spectrum, some of these children have more manageable symptoms so it’s harder to detect.  Still, it doesn’t mean they don’t need the same care and support as those with more pronounced symptoms.

No matter the child, though, they all want the same thing.  They want to have fun and that’s exactly what Chuck E. Cheese’s gives them.

Less stimulation, more caring, and more fun.  Parents of autistic or disabled children must be relieved to have finally found a venue that accommodates the whole family.  Also, their children get to have fun but not at the expense of other children.

Overall, it gives autistic and disabled kids a chance to make new friends, interact, and build healthy relationships with new people.  Also, it’ll boost their confidence and help them feel less alone because they get to meet other children who may face the same challenges as they do.

That’s why everyone here at CT Boom applauds Chuck E. Cheese’s for setting a new standard for kiddie play places everywhere.

Let kids, no matter who they are, be kids.

 

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