Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health and the Advanced Institute for Development and Learning bring sensory-friendly event to Bon Secours Wellness Arena

GREENVILLE, SC – Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health, an autism-focused residential behavioral health center for youth, along with the Advanced Institute for Development and Learning (AID-L), a pediatric speech and feeding therapy clinic, are partnering to present the first-ever sensory-friendly experience during a Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey game. The event will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena as the Swamp Rabbits take on the Worcester Railers.

“We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring the first-of-its kind event with the Swamp Rabbits and hope the community will join us for this special experience,” said Springbrook CEO Mike Rowley. “Many families often shy away from these types of activities because they can be overwhelming for individuals with autism and other special needs. Our sensory-friendly event will give everyone an equal opportunity to enjoy a fun day out with the family with an event tailored to their needs.”

“Our organization is proud to co-sponsor this event and help to create unique opportunities like this for the special needs community in the Upstate,” said AID-L Executive Director Dr. Zachary Henning. “All families are invited to participate in this experience as we work to create a supportive, fun and sensory-sensitive environment.”

During the game, light levels will be reduced, and the sirens and flashing lights will be removed from visual displays to make the event sensory-friendly for those with special sensory needs. Sensory-friendly spaces will also be provided throughout Bon Secours Wellness Arena for families that need a space to relax during the game.

“When Springbrook approached us with the idea for a sensory-friendly event, we knew we had to make it happen,” said Swamp Rabbits’ Director of Business Development, Nick Czerow. “In addition to this special event, Bon Secours Wellness Arena will also be introducing new sensory kits, which will be available for families during every Swamp Rabbits hockey game. We want all families to feel welcome at the arena and know that we will do everything we can to create a positive experience for families with special needs.”

Springbrook is a state-of-the-art campus and nationally renowned program for the treatment of behaviors exhibited by children and adolescents with autism that interfere with success at home and in school. The collaborative team of experts at Springbrook works with patients at all developmental levels using advanced, evidence-based autism therapy programs noted for their positive results.

AID-L is a pediatric clinic that provides speech, language and feeding therapy for kids with special needs (ranging in ages from birth to 21 years) as well as support and education programs for families.

Tickets for the sensory-friendly game on Jan. 6 can be purchased at http://gsrtickets.com/autism. A portion of proceeds from the event will go towards funding the work Springbrook and AID-L do in the community for families and children with autism.

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