St. Louis Zoo hosting sensory night for those with autism and related afflictions

The Wild Lights exhibit will only be on display for 2,000 people.

Elise Rich
December 09, 2019 - 9:29 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The St. Louis Zoo is making adjustments to their Wild Lights display tonight to make the attraction more suitable for individuals on the autism spectrum and others with sensory needs.

Chris Blair is an Education Inclusion Specialist for the St. Louis Zoo and she tells KMOX News that, for families who have a child or children with sensory needs, it can be difficult to find attractions to enjoy together.

"Parents tell us it feels so good that night. Everyone understands what their child may do or not do, and the whole family is able to be comfortable together in this space."

Changes are made to the light show. For instance, blinking lights are put on solid, there is also additional trained staff to aid families and attendance is limited to 2,000 people about a third of the normal crowd size.

Tonight also includes an arts and crafts section and letter writing to Santa.

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