In a first for any theme park, Sesame Place in Pennsylvania has done something extraordinary for autism awareness. In a statement that was released just in time for autism awareness month, Sesame Place has been officially certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) as a Certified Autism Center.
What does this mean? Sesame Place is now required to provide ongoing training to ensure that team members have the knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to interact with all families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum. Training takes place in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam. The autism training must be taken every two years in order to maintain the certification.
This aligns perfectly with Sesame Workshop (the company who produces the Sesame Street television show) and their commitment to autism awareness. In Spring of 2017, Sesame Street debuted the first Muppet with Autism, Julia who also now does meet and greets with guests visiting Sesame Place as of late Summer 2017.
Hopefully, this will be an inspiration for other parks and attractions to become a Certified Autism Center as vacation choices are limited for children who are on the spectrum.
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