Did you know that 1 in 68 children are identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Those with Autism and other special needs have challenges with sensory processing. In honor of Global Autism Awareness month, Seahorse Institute is launching The Bahamas’ first ever DINNER IN THE DARK EXPERIENCE. Join us to support children with Autism and have a complete sensory experience that will make you re-evaluate your perception of taste, smell and touch on Sunday, April 8, 2018, 6pm at Wok n Roll Restaurant on West Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas. Click here to buy tickets now.
Of all of our senses, sight dominates how we perceive the world around us., We depend so heavily on the sense of sight in every facet of our lives. Have you ever wondered how your senses would react in complete darkness? At SEAHORSE DINNER IN THE DARK you will have a mysterious gourmet five-course prix-fixé meal while fully blindfolded and take the most unique sensory journey you have ever experienced. Without the sense of sight, the senses of touch, hearing, taste, and smell are heightened, food, drinks and dinner conversation become a brand new adventure.
HOW IT WORKS
The SEAHORSE DINNER IN THE DARK experience begins with a sophisticated welcome reception where you will connect with your fellow diners over a signature Seahorse cocktail before your journey. You will learn a bit more about the exciting evening and how your support helps children with Autism. The adventure continues as our trusted ambassadors will blindfold you guide into a darkened environment and assist you to your table. Once you have become acquainted with complete darkness, you’ll notice that it’s quite relaxing, your social awareness is heightened, and any shy feelings you may have had will quickly disappear. During online registration, you will provide information about any food allergies you may have and these will be confirmed by our staff. To make sure all of our guests have a wonderful sensory experience while dining in the dark, you will be asked to place your cell phones on silent and secure all light emitting objects, such as watches, lighters, and cameras prior to the experience. We also suggest visiting the restroom before entering the dining experience, although should the need arise, our staff will happily guide you to the facilities.
WHILE YOU DINE
During your dining experience, you’ll feel your way through a mysterious five-course Prix-fixé meal, one course at a time. You and your dining companions will be able to talk about the amazing taste and have fun guessing what each course is. We have an extensive drink menu, so you will be able to order drinks right to your table. Each delicious course has been beautifully created to entice the taste buds and awaken the senses through flavors that flow from dish to dish. SEAHORSE DINNER IN THE DARK offers a complete sensory experience. If you need a guide at any time, please raise your hand, so we can attend to you promptly. For the safety of our wait staff and guests, please do not leave your seat in the dining area unless your guide is accompanying you.
AFTER YOU DINE
After the SEAHORSE DINING IN THE DARK experience is over, you will have a chance to learn more about the dishes guide will escort you and your party to the lobby. It may take a moment for your eyes to adjust to the light, this is normal. You may want to look down or shield your eyes until you’re fully adjusted to the light. At this point, it is time to say our goodbyes and we hope that you had a wonderfully unique sensory journey throughout your evening with us. Be sure to share your experience with friends and family, through social media and by word of mouth. Share your experience on Seahorse Institute’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram tagging Seahorse Institute using the hashtags #SeahorseInstitute #SeahorseAutism #AutismAwareness #SunnyAutism.
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
ASD is characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and their severity vary widely across these three core areas. Taken together, they may result in relatively mild challenges for someone on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum. For others, symptoms may be more severe, as when repetitive behaviors and lack of spoken language interfere with everyday life.Children and adults with Autism, as well as those with other developmental disabilities, may have a dysfunctional sensory system. Sometimes, one or more senses are either over- or under-reactive to stimulation. Such sensory problems may be the underlying reason for such behaviors as rocking, spinning, and hand-flapping.