Explora offers sensory-friendly options for those on autism spectrum

Morgan Aguilar
June 06, 2017 03:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Explora, the hands-on learning center and children's museum,  is a place designed to stimulate your mind and senses. But that's just the kind of environment that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder do not enjoy.


"A lot of people affected by it have issues with sensory processing, so that can be like sounds or touch or smells, and even sometimes bright lights and stuff like that," said Daniel Strombert, public programs coordinator at Explora.

In order to transform the space into somewhere individuals and families of someone with ASD can enjoy, Explora leaders are working with the New Mexico Autism Society to offer sensory-friendly hours.

During that time, just 150 people are allowed inside Explora. Instead of coming in through the main entrance, you’ll enter through a door that avoids the store and admissions desk area.

"The admission area can be really loud and so we have that alternate entrance that's a little bit calmer, more relaxing," said Strombert.

In the welcome area, participants will have a variety of tools to choose from. For example, headphones that can block out any excess noise, sunglasses in case they're sensitive to the light, and also fidgets that can help them feel more comfortable and focused.

The next sensory-friendly hour is on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

You can register online here: or call 505-224-8300.


Morgan Aguilar

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