Children with special needs enjoy sensory day at zoo

Children with special needs enjoy sensory day at zoo

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Dozens of people went to Lazy L Safari in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Saturday, June 27 for an educational event for children with special needs.

The children experienced a sensory safari where they got an up close and personal with animals at the zoo.

They were all smiles as they got to feed and pet animals such as birds, a camel, turtles and many more.

This event is geared towards helping children with special needs get outside and experience different animals and textures.

Cortney Thompson, behavior analyst with Southeast Missouri Autism Center, feels that exposure to different things is important for life development for these children.

"I feel it's important for special needs kids to be out here around other kids and be exposed to different things as well as work on their balance and feeling different textures they may never have been exposed to," said Thompson.

Several organizations including Catholic Charities of Southeast Missouri, SADI, Easter Seals and Sikeston Regional Office were also on hand to answer any questions parents may have as far as therapy and ways to getting more help for their child.

As you looked around the zoo on Saturday, you could see many children very happily feeding and playing with the animals, and even the animals seemed excited for the attention as well.

"I think it's important for these kids to be out here on a day where there is a bunch of other kiddos with similar special needs and then they feel more comfortable," said Thompson.

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