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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:55 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

New exhibits are coming to the World of Wonders Science Museum in Downtown Lodi.

Children can learn about water, light and mirrors with three tabletop sensory exhibits designed and built by Lowe's of Lodi.

One table uses magnets, mirrors and magnifying glasses for up to six children at a time to play with angles and images. Another table holds water and some items that will float, sink or sail across the surface. The last table is based on light. Children can explore shapes, shadows and colors, and trace with crayons.

Each table does have something special in common. They were planned to stimulate the minds of children with autism.

"They're specific for special-needs kids, but all the kids are going to enjoy them," said Sally Snyde, museum director.

The new exhibits will be unveiled during a special event, Creative Minds, which will be held Saturday. It's a day to explore the tactile and sensory displays, and for parents and the community to learn more about children with autism.

"It's going to be a real educational day. There's a huge population of autisitc kids in the Valley," said Snyde.

Museum staff met with mothers of children with autism to learn how make the experience as positive as possible for children who attend. Creative Minds is adapted to children with autism, but is open to the general public.

Mieke San Julian is a research coordinator with the Central Valley Autism Project, Inc., and will attend the event. She will present a lecture on autism at the museum four times throughout the day. Community resources for families with children with autism will be on hand with information.

The event is presented by WOW, UC Davis Mind Institute, the Family Resource Network, the Central Valley Autism Project, Families for Early Autism Treatment and the Developmental Disabilties Service Organization, and sponsored by Lowe's of Lodi.

Creative Minds runs this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2 N. Sacramento St. General museum admission rates apply.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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1 comment:

  • Frank Eris posted at 11:20 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    FrankEris Posts: 2

    That was really helping step for autism children, though beneficial for other ones also. I have attended some previous events of Creative Minds, they really work hard to provide something creative and educational to all of us.

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