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Play Without Boundaries At Please Touch Museum

(The rotunda of the Please Touch Museum, at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.   File photo provided)

(The rotunda of the Please Touch Museum, at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. File photo provided)

(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - When Noelle Murphy and her family were going to Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum, 3-year-old Dylan wet himself. Because Dylan is one in 88 children in the US on the autism spectrum with unpredictable behavior, his mom chooses at-home activities. If overwhelmed by his surroundings, he might drop to the floor and not get up or yell.

They were going to “Play Without Boundaries” – an hour for kids with special needs – where neither embarrassment nor explanations are needed for behavior. Kids get to wear hospital scrubs; getting dirty doesn’t matter.

According to research by the American Alliance of Museums, Please Touch is one of 30 museums nationally making special accommodations – dimmed lighting, music turned down.

Dylan’s mother cried on the way home having found a place where she didn’t have to worry about unpleasant experiences and Dylan enjoyed a day like other kids.

Read more at the NPR health blog.

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