Prom for students in the autism program at Pittsburg schools offers sensory friendly fun

Prom was held at The Barn at Timber Cove in Pittsburg
Autism Prom

It’s Olivia LeFever’s first prom and she’s excited.

“I come here and dance.”

But this isn’t your average dance…this prom is tailored to students who are on the autism spectrum at Pittsburg Schools. The theme this year is superhero’s.

“I’m wonder woman, wonder woman” added Olivia.

The prom is a way for students in the autism program to enjoy a high school tradition in a more sensory friendly environment.

“We had a couple students go to prom, like the prom within the whole school of PHS, and it was just kind of overwhelming for the kids, a lot of bright lights and here we can make it fit their sensory needs better and a comfortable setting for them” said Special Education Teacher at Pittsburg High School, Amber Kloster.

It’s the third year Pittsburg Schools  have held the prom, with this year being the biggest one yet.

“This year we actually invited our rise center that’s in Columbus that just opened that benefits kids from the Baxter, Columbus, Riverton, Galena, area so we invited that group too so I think we had four or five students come with their families, so that helped it grow and we invite the 8th graders that are moving up to the high school next year” added Kloster.

There were plenty of photo ops, food, games and lots of dancing…making it a night to be remembered, and a night they can look forward to again.

“It’s something that they deserve and they need so we are here to throw it for them and make it fun and exciting and best fit their sensory needs” said Kloster.

And for Olivia, she will be back next year.

“One word for prom…fun!”

The prom is held at The Barn at Timber Cove in Pittsburg every year.