The JJC Trackman Planetarium is hosting a show specially designed for children with neurodivergent conditions Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Trackman Planetarium on Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.Â
â€śMy goal is to give families with neurodivergent children an opportunity to come to the planetarium and enjoy a show in a welcoming environment that is sensitive to their needs,â€ť said JJC Natural Sciences Professor Andrew Morrison.
The term â€śneurodivergentâ€ť is relatively new in the neuroscience field, and is meant to be inclusive of all neurologically divergent conditions, including but not limited to, autism and Down Syndrome.
â€śWe wanted to host a special event before the holidays get in full swing, and especially take into consideration how certain elements of typical movie theatre presentations are not ideal for children with neurodivergent conditions,â€ť said Morrison. â€śWe are hoping to present a show they will enjoy.â€ť
There will be a 35-minute full dome show for all ages, a brief intermission, and then a 25-minute show for ages 8 and up.
Families who attend the show can expect the following arrangements:
-Some lighting will be kept on in the planetarium throughout the show.
– The sound will be turned down from normal levels.
-Anyone can get up and leave (and then come back) at any time during the show if they need to
– Guides will be available outside the planetarium to direct families to where they need to go
-Families are welcome to bring in their own snacks.
This is a free show, but reservations are required to ensure adequate accommodations for all guests. Contact Morrison at 815-280-6871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.