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Six Flags has adventure for kids with autism

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Six Flags Great Adventure will be open exclusively to kids with autism on May 3, when the Jackson theme park said its sights and sounds will be toned down enough to be fun, but not over-stimulating.

“People with autism often struggle with sensory overload and have a hard time processing too much touch, taste, sight and sound – which can make visiting an amusement park a frightening versus fun experience,” stated an announcement of the event issued by Gersh Academy, a school for children on autism spectrum in Huntington, N.Y., which is participating. “Autism Day at Six Flags removes those obstacles so families with children on the spectrum can not only attend the park but really enjoy it.”

In what the announcement said would be the “first-ever Autism Day at a major amusement park,” Great Adventure will be open only to families with one or more children with autism from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $32.99.

There will also be presentations throughout the day by three authorities on autism: Dr. Stephen Shore, author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome; Carrie Cariello, a blogger and author of What Color is Monday; and Dr. Melillo, Founder of the Brain Balance Achievement Centers network.

Steve Strunsky may be reached at sstrunsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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