Autism Support

MHCM is proud to be partnering with Anderson Center for Autism to ensure that the Museum is an Autism Supportive Environment.  We aim to support families that have young children with autism by providing extra support aids, offering special assistance and designating special museum hours for low-stimulation exploration.  We provide visual and auditory supports (“Social Stories,” flip book exhibit guides, communication cue cards, sunglasses, and noise-cancelling headphones) and have identified special “quiet spaces” within the Museum to support the specific needs of children with autism and other sensory integration challenges.

 

Sensory Hours

MHCM is proud to offer monthly Sensory Hours for families with young children (ages 0-8) with autism.  Developed in partnership with Anderson Center for Autism, Sensory Hours invite families with children with autism and other sensory integration challenges to explore MHCM and its exhibits in a modified environment with reduced sound, designated quiet spaces, extra visual signage and sensory aids.  Sensory Hours are offered on the second Sunday of each month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  View Calendar.

 

Sensory Aids

Sensory aids are available for check out at the front desk during your visit.  Items include:  noise-cancelling headphones, sunglasses, sensory stress balls (“Fidgets”), and visual cue cards to aid in communicating with your child.

Click here to download and print your MHCM Social Story Booklet.

 

Resources

Hudson Valley Organizations

Anderson Center for Autism is New York State’s premier autism treatment center.  It serves families, the autism community and public organizations as a resource by providing education, support and outreach services, and information aimed at delivering assistance and increasing overall autism awareness.

Astor Services for Children & Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs.

Abilities First, Inc. provides a wide range of services to people with disabilities, ages infant through senior.

Recommended Reading

The Reason I Jump.  A one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.

Community Support for Autism

Several local businesses and organizations have partnered with the Anderson Center for Autism to become Autism Supportive Environments (ASE).  Click here for a complete list of ASE businesses.