The Flint RiverQuarium is certified as sensory inclusive through KultureCity, a non-profit recognized nationwide for using its resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory-based needs, not just those with autism. Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals of all ages with autism, dementia, PTSD, and other similar conditions. The Flint RiverQuarium is prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities, ensuring that they have the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.
Flint RiverQuarium staff are trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize visitors with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation.
Sensory bags, equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads are available to all guests at the Flint RiverQuarium who may feel overwhelmed by the environment. Bags and items are sanitized after each use.
When needed, guests can retreat to the Eric and Carol Pittman Sensory Room, which features soothing lights and sounds, soft beanbags, and hands-on activities designed to calm and focus individuals who may be overstimulated.