Many of you are checking out this blog for the first time… !!!!WELCOME!!!!
Since Ms.CJ works for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, as a home/hospital teacher for medically-fragile kiddos, as well as a sub in the spec.ed centers and autism cluster sites of North County, she sure does have a lot of friends on the spectrum! That’s why she saw such an immense need for something like a “sensory-friendly” concert in her community.
The first Sensory-Friendly Concert will be this Saturday at 6:30 and is geared equally for parents as much as it is for children.
“Autism-friendly artist” are successful jazz and classical musicians in the Bmore/Annap/DC area. In an environment where you do not have to worry about hushing your children, you can simply relax and enjoy the music, and have the opportunity to expose your child to music that their sensory systems could perhaps need so badly. We think it’s worth a try.
PARENTS ARE IN CHARGE OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN!
We welcome, accept and embrace children and adults on the autism spectrum to behave the way they normally behave.
Hand-flapping, rocking, hair-twirling, bouncing allowed! 😀
Vocalizing is even allowed. Speaking, as typical in a regular concert setting is frowned upon, but autistic vocalizations will be part of the musical experience. And like singing, will be respected as its own form of musical expression.
Yesterday Ms. CJ successfully finished distributing flyers at the special ed centers and autism cluster site schools of North County.
Everyone is invited!! All persons from the Bmore/Annap/DC area with disabilities, their loved ones and their caretakers – all invited. Jazz and classical musicians and fans in the area – all invited.
Parents are *most definitely* in charge of their own children.
Ms.CJ Diachenko, her volunteers, and Church on the Rock are not held responsible for the care of any person with special needs. The church is wheelchair accessible. A quiet, sensory room will be available.
Sensory-Friendly Concerts are for parents AND their children! Good music is universal and should belong to everyone, at every age!! Who knows the musical potential of a child with autism? The possibilities are endless…
More concert details will be posted in the next two days, including a video, so that people on the spectrum can SEE the environment they will be walking into… So stay posted!
Here it is folks:
~~!!! NEURODIVERSITY AT ITS FINEST !!!~~