ROO’S WORLD OF DISCOVERY AND PARTNERS HOST FIRST-EVER LOW-SENSORY AREA AT 2018 KIRKLAND SUMMERFEST
Frameworks CTR, JUMP, Kindering, Mosaic Children’s Therapy and WAAA join to bring fun to low-sensory area at Kidzone in Heritage Park
On Sunday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Roo’s World of Discovery, an inclusive Montessori-inspired indoor play space for children birth to five years old – in partnership with Frameworks CTR, JUMP, Kindering, Mosaic Children’s Therapy, and The Washington Autism Advocacy & Alliance (WAAA) – is hosting the first-ever low-sensory play area at the 2018 Kirkland Summerfest. The low-sensory area will be situated in the KidsZone at Heritage Park. Kirkland Summerfest, August 10-12 is the largest music and art festival on Lake Washington waterfront and is a benefit for the Kirkland Downtown Association.
“Organizers approached me to create a low-sensory play area at this year’s Summerfest for kids who need to step away from the busyness of the festival yet still participate in the fun,” said, Michelle Pollak Landwehr, Founder and Owner of Roo’s World of Discovery. “With such short notice, I knew I couldn’t do it alone and I wanted to make sure it was done right. I called in my friends and partners from the early intervention and Autism communities and together we are excited to make this low-sensory area possible.”
The 2018 Kirkland Summerfest low-sensory area is made possible by staff and volunteers from:
● Frameworks CTR provides coordinated therapies and resources designed to promote skill development and support for individuals with social, emotional, and developmental disabilities, their family members, caregivers, and other team members
● JUMP engages students by building trusting relationships and exploring opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities to jump beyond their believed personal limits
● Kindering, a non-profit early intervention center, embraces children of diverse abilities and their families by providing the finest education and therapies to nurture hope, courage and the skills to soar
● MOSAIC Children’s Therapy Clinics provide birth to young adult occupational, physical and speech therapies, social skills and feeding therapy. 4 locations in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle
● Roo’s World of Discovery is an inclusive Montessori-inspired indoor play space for children birth to five and their families; we are also the first coworking space with supervised play on the Eastside
● WAAA’s mission is to ensure that all children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities have every opportunity to thrive and become productive members of society
“We wanted to make this year’s Summerfest a more inclusive event for members of our entire community,” said Amanda Falwell, Marketing and Public relations Manager of Chump Change Productions and organizer of Kirkland Summerfest 2018. “We heard that Roo’s World of Discovery would be able to create such a space and reached out to Michelle. With her connections, the first-ever low sensory area in the KidZone is going to be a lot of fun for everyone.”
This year’s KidZone in Heritage Park will have activities for kids of all ages to enjoy corn on the cob, ice cream, bbq, face painting, balloon animals, rides, art, and much more.
ABOUT ROO’S WORLD OF DISCOVERY
Roo’s World of Discovery is an inclusive Montessori-inspired indoor play and learning environment for children of all abilities from birth to five. Located in downtown Kirkland, Roo’s World also offers a consignment store, private events, and a coworking space with supervised play for families. Visit www.roosworldofdiscovery.com for more information, hours and play options.
ABOUT KIRKLAND SUMMERFEST
Kirkland Summerfest is a three day music+arts fest where attendees can discover a diverse lineup of acclaimed local musicians performing on the waterfront main stage. Kirkland’s historic downtown is the area’s arts and entertainment district, ideal for fans, artists and musicians to enjoy the perfect weekend of summer music and art. The festival is free to the public to enjoy roaming the streets and waterfront parks of downtown Kirkland. We also offer spectacular entertainment, some of which require ticket purchase. Visit www.kirklandsummerfest.com
ABOUT FRAMEWORKS CTR
Frameworks CTR aims to address the gaps and barriers impacting the special needs community by creating access to a range of coordinated therapies and resources. Services address needs across the lifespan and include behavior support, counseling, educational consultation, skills/support groups, and training. Visit www.frameworksctr.com for more information.
JUMP engages students by building trusting relationships and exploring opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities to jump beyond their believed personal limits. Through physical activity and team building — with a considerable emphasis on social skills — JUMP gives students the opportunity to successfully navigate and practice realistic social environments, with peer models/coaches, in a safe inclusive place. JUMP is a 501c3 organization.
KINDERING offers Early Intervention; Early Learning; Special Education; Family Support; Parent Education; Pediatric Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapies; and inclusive preschool for children of all abilities. For children ages 0-3, we offer comprehensive developmental evaluations. If you suspect a child has a delay in development, don’t wait. Acting early can make a real difference. www.kindering.org
ABOUT MOSAIC CHILDREN’S THERAPY
MOSAIC Children’s Therapy Clinics are locally owned with locations in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Seattle, serving birth to young adults. MOSAIC provides Pediatric Occupational, Speech, and Physical Therapies, Feeding Therapy, and Social Skills Classes, along with Parent Education. We also provide Developmental Screenings for children in preschool and elementary schools. www.mosaicrehab.com
WAAA’s mission is to ensure that all children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) & other developmental disabilities (DD’s) have every opportunity to thrive and become productive members of society. We do this by helping families access ASD & DD health insurance benefits, effective services in schools, and supportive community-based services, regardless of their personal financial situation. https://www.washingtonautismadvocacy.org