LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The large crowds at Oktoberfest can be overwhelming – especially for kids who have autism and other special needs.
To help them enjoy the weekend, the Partners in Excellence organized a 'cool down zone' at the North Side grounds.
The cool down zone was full of soothing music and calming games to help kids deal with the sensory overload.
"Children who have a diagnosis of being on the autism spectrum often have sensory difficulty where they can be over stimulated very easily," said Jackie Vick, the Director of Partners in Excellence. "So in our therapy what we do is a lot of sensory input."
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