Sensory friendly fun comes to Joplin

Teens with special needs got together for an event designed just for them at the Joplin Public library Saturday.

The event was called “Sensory Friendly Awesomeness” and it was designed to give kids with autism a safe place to relax and have fun.

The free, come-and-go event gave teens the opportunity for make-and-take arts and crafts. There was also a relaxation station for anyone who needed a break.

Volunteers say it’s all about creating a comfortable setting for teens to socialize in.

“Children of all backgrounds can come together with their siblings and their community members, and they don’t have to worry about not being accepted. They don’t have to worry about how their experience of sensory input might impact them,” said volunteer Arielle Speer.

The library hopes to host a larger sensory friendly event next summer.