Columbus clinic sponsors Autism Sensory Day

Blakely Streeval jumps on a trampoline during a session at at Imprint Pediatric Therapy in downtown Columbus, Indiana, on April 8, 2021. Provided Photo/Mike Wolanin of The Republic

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — April is Autism Awareness Month and a pediatric therapy clinic in Columbus is spending Saturday reaching out to families with activities, information and resources to help them manage autism diagnoses.

Imprint Pediatric Therapy will sponsor a “Sensory Day” event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Mill Race Park, at 50 Carl Miske Dr. in Columbus.

“We want the community to celebrate differences coming together,” Kristy Jo Heiman with Imprint Pediatric Therapy said. “Every family experiences the spectrum in a different way.”

Imprint planned a long list of sensory activities for students, including bounce houses, obstacle courses, a bubble station and art (including messy art) tables.

“Our hope is we create an environment where everyone feels welcome to come as you are and be yourself. We want to celebrate differences that the autism spectrum brings to each family and our hope is we can be a part of your child’s success story,” Shawn Steen, Imprint Pediatric Therapy’s owner and founder, said.

The event will also feature yard games and information tables for families to learn about occupational therapy activities.

“We want the community to understand, care, and connect, with all families whether they have a disability or not,” Heiman said. “We want the community to know we are here, that we care about not only our kids but all families, and we want to help anyone who is needing support.”

WISH-TV newsgathering partner The Republic reports the event will follow pandemic precautions, including recommended masks, social distancing, and capacity limits.