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Omaha Children's Museum to host sensory-free nights

Posted at 8:47 AM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 09:47:20-05

The woos, the lights and the sounds can be overwhelming to children with Autism when they visit the Omaha Children's Museum, especially around Christmas time. 

But now, on a special sensory-free nights, museum staff says no to the snow and lights, to provide a more welcoming environment for all children. 

It's part of a program called Experiential Science for Families Affected by Autism, which the Omaha Children's Museum is one of four pilot sights for across the country. 

Two of the museum's staff members went to New Mexico for training and picked up an idea, tool kits containing noise-reducing headphone, a sunglasses, a timer, gloves and fidget toys, all to reduce stimulation for children. 

Marketing and public relations manager Kim Reiner said the goal is to give all children a museum experience they can benefit from.