OT students partner with Dallas Arboretum for Sensory Friendly Family Day
Oct. 30, 2017 – DENTON – When the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosts its Autumn at the Arboretum Sensory Friendly Family Day on Sunday, Nov. 5., students from Texas Woman’s University’s School of Occupational Therapy will be there to help guests as they explore special sensory-friendly exhibits.
The experience begins at the entrance to the gardens, where TWU occupational therapy students will provide participants with miniature magnifying lenses and scavenger hunt booklets. Children and families will then be escorted through three specially designed zones in the Arboretum’s picnic area, which will include a variety of therapeutic activities. Families can visit a pumpkin seed planting station and leaf inspection station, as well as a trip through the Arboretum’s pumpkin village, where TWU students will serve as escorts, helpers and play facilitators.
TWU students also will create and facilitate a “sensory respite” area in the Arboretum’s education area for participants who become overstimulated or overtired.
“This hands-on service learning opportunity benefits all parties,” said TWU associate professor of occupational therapy Tina Fletcher, Ed.D., O.T.R. “TWU’s occupational therapy students learn how to plan and implement activities, work with community partners, and meet children and families who face community participation challenges. The Arboretum, in turn, benefits from the expertise of the TWU occupational therapy faculty and the assistance of the students.”
Autumn at the Arboretum Sensory Friendly Family Day is from 8-11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 5, and is part of the Arboretum’s ongoing Family Education Programs series. Pre-registration is required, and registration closes Nov. 3. Visit the Arboretum’s website to pre-register and for more information.
This event is part of a continued partnership between TWU and the Dallas Arboretum. Throughout November, TWU’s Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences will host a Savor the Flavor Series in the Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place, which is free of charge to garden guests.