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Dallas Arboretum and TWU partner for a sensory-friendly family day

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will host its Autumn at the Arboretum Sensory Friendly Family Day on Sunday with the assistance of students from Texas Woman’s University’s School of Occupational Therapy, who will help guests as they explore special sensory-friendly exhibits.
The experience will begin at the entrance to the gardens, where TWU occupational therapy students will provide participants with miniature magnifying lenses and scavenger hunt booklets. Children and families will then be escorted through three specially designed zones in the Arboretum’s picnic area, which will include a variety of therapeutic activities, a press release stated. Families will visit a pumpkin seed-planting station and leaf inspection station, as well as a trip through the Arboretum’s pumpkin village, where TWU students will serve as escorts, helpers and play facilitators. TWU students also will create and facilitate a “sensory respite” area in the Arboretum’s education area for participants who become overstimulated or overtired.
Activities run 8-11 a.m. Sunday. It’s part of the Arboretum’s ongoing Family Education Programs series. Preregistration is required, and registration closes Friday. Visit the Arboretum’s website to preregister and for more information.This event is part of a continued partnership between TWU and the Dallas Arboretum. Throughout November, TWU’s Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences will host a Savor the Flavor Series in the Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place, which is free of charge to garden guests.

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