Families with and friends of autism are invited to participate in a fun free event next weekend on the New Mexico State University campus.
The Celebrating the Spectrum event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Preciado Park, next to O’Donnell Hall. Lunch will be provided. The event is hosted by the NMSU Autism Diagnostic Center, the only center in southern New Mexico that provides a medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Event sponsors include the Autism Resource Library, Hearts for Autism, Las Cruces Public Schools, Behavior Change Institute, Aprendamos, MECA Therapies, Tresco Tots, the Centennial High School band and Heart of NM Case Management.
Events will be separated into low-stimulation and high-stimulation times. Low-stimulation time includes Legos and therapy horses, and activities with community partners. During high-stimulation time, attendees can play music with the Centennial High School band and explore a Las Cruces Fire Department firetruck.
There will also be a calming, low-stimulation area throughout the event at the Glass Family Research Institute for Early Childhood Studies, located inside of O’Donnell Hall. There, attendees can wind down and take a break in a quiet environment.
Author: Adriana M. Chaves