SENSORY SATURDAYS WITH MAX Faced with the challenges that 2020 brought, the Eagles Autism Foundation remained determined to serve as a resource for those within the autism community. With that goal in mind, the organization launched Sensory Saturdays with Max, an educational series designed to provide children and parents with ideas for sensory-friendly activities and experiments. The show, which airs every Saturday on the Eagles Autism Foundation’s Facebook and Instagram pages, features Max, a 13-year-old boy with autism, and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Kirsten Saraceni. Every week, the pair teaches viewers how to make their own sensory toys and crafts at home. Over the course of the series’ more than 30 episodes, Max has welcomed a number of special guests, including Swoop, Eagles cheerleaders, and even an Eagles player. In July of 2020, linebacker Alex Singleton and his sister Ashley, a Special Olympian with Down Syndrome, joined the show to lead viewers in an at-home workout. Alex later returned to the show for an interview and trivia with Max. With so many children learning from home, EAF made the Sensory Saturday videos available to summer camps and schools to be included as part of their virtual curriculum. Promoting inclusion and acceptance, the show has helped Max and other children on the spectrum develop a sense of belonging. To watch past episodes, visit the Eagles Autism Foundation playlist on the Eagles YouTube page. Plus, follow EAF on Facebook and Instagram for more.
Max has led viewers in a variety of activities, ranging from DIY fidget spinners to an at-home workout.
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