LOS ANGELES -- It’s a joy to see kids run, play, explore and enjoy music.
Kids like Liam, who gets to truly be himself at the Grammy Museum on Sensory Saturdays.
“I love instruments,” said Liam.
His mom Kristina Clyde says this is usually hard to do because Liam has Autism.
“Sometimes it’s nice to just let him be him and let him explore at his own whim,” said Clyde.
Liam truly gets to shine at Sensory Saturdays. His mom said he loved the first one and couldn’t wait to come back.
“Every day he’s saying 'go to museum, go to museum, no school.' He just loved it so much. We have been waiting for another opportunity to come,” said Clyde.
This will now be a monthly program. On the first Saturday of every month, before the doors open to the general public, the Grammy Museum will brighten its lights, lower its music, and reduce crowds to welcome visitors of all ages and abilities.
The Director of Community Engagement at the museum says they partnered with the Autism Society and Your Ears Rock to make sure they were engaging with the special needs community.
“[They can] really dive into what we do here at the Grammy Museum such as enjoying music, learning about the history of music, and all of the great things that are encompassed in our mission, just on a slightly quieter level,” said Kait Nader.
Kristina says this is important for Liam because if it was more crowded he would not have the same access. It also allows the parents to relax a little more than usual.
“Everybody is accepted here. Everyone understands here. It relieves that pressure and some of that social judgement that you get when you do a general admissions event,” says Clyde.
You can truly see that pressure relieved. Liam bounced around the entire museum experiencing all it has to offer. as a boy of few words, he would not stop singing. His favorite song was from Frozen of course.
As the morning comes to an end, the families take their seats for a fun performance. All the kids got to dance and sing in a new way.
As a parent of someone with special needs, Kristina says it was heartwarming to be welcomed with open arms and see her son having the time of his life at the Grammy Museum.