Plymouth Meeting Mall’s Legoland Discovery Center Holds First Autism-Friendly Event

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Children with autism got their chance to really enjoy themselves at the Legoland Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting Mall during its inaugural autism-friendly event, writes Rita Giordano for Philly.com.

The event took place on July 28 in partnership with Ruttenberg Autism Center. Experts from the Center helped prepare the store and train its staff on the ways people with ASD perceive things.

“It’s a different way of looking at the world through their eyes,” said Ruttenberg director, Eric R.

While preparing the Legoland employees, Mitchell told them that while every person with Autism is unique, many can be sensitive to noise, bright lights and being touched.

To accommodate the young visitors, Legoland dimmed the lights and turned down the sound. It also limited the numbers and turned some of the spaces into break rooms for anyone who needed some extra quiet. Of course, each break room had its own set of Legos.

“Usually, these places are so overwhelming,” said Caleb Arnold, a mother of two boys on the spectrum. “If we go, we can only stay a short time. It’s been great for them to have the chance to play around.”

Read more about the Legoland autism event at Philly.com by clicking here.

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