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GOOD EGGS: The Myriad Gardens will host a special Easter celebration for sensory sensitive children

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OKLAHOMA CITY—Ashley Elkins has spent much of her life volunteering with the Special Olympics and, as Special Events Coordinator for the Myriad Gardens, has brought that same love and compassion for children with special needs to this gig, listening to parents and children for new and different ways to include the entire community in the Myriad’s events. Her latest project is a “sensory sensitive” Easter evening for children with special needs.

“We’ve had some requests in the past, especially from parents that have asked if we have anything for their special needs children, specifically,” Elkins said. “As the director of events here, my goal is to reach the entire community of Oklahoma City, not just certain target audiences. There are kids that have these disabilities and we want to make sure that we are offering things for them as well and that we are catering to the whole community.”

Not an Easter egg hunt, this special event will instead have more of a carnival-style feel to it, only with no loud music or flashing lights that can frustrate sensory sensitive children. There will be “festive” booths for children to visit and collect eggs at, and even the Easter bunny will have a designated spot for photos throughout the evening.

“The kids can go booth to booth and collect their eggs that way,” Elkins said. “So it’s not a mad dash, it’s not competing against each other…everybody will get the same amount of eggs, as well as get to do some fun activities as they go along.”

The Sensory Sensitive Easter Evening in the Crystal Bridge will be held Thursday, April 13th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Limited space is available, so attendees are asked to register and purchase tickets by Wednesday, April 12 at noon here: http://oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com/events/sensory-sensitive-easter-evening/.

The first in what could become a series of events at the Myriad Gardens for sensory sensitive children, Elkins would also like to use this event as a learning experience herself, to find out what works and what doesn’t. It’s one of the reasons she would love to see plenty of parents and children stop by and partake in this inaugural event.

“We want to draw the special needs community in and create a relationship with them,” Elkins added.

“We want their feedback on what works for them and what doesn’t. We want them to come and say “This is great for our kids but, you know, we would also like for you to try this.” I want to hear from them what we can better do to serve their children and the community.”

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