TheraPlay hosts inaugural sensory-friendly Easter event

TheraPlay speech and occupational therapists pose for a photo Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Field of Miracles in Cullman. Left to right are Savannah Mahaffey, Abby Jones, Hannah Fabian, Brianna Hill, Tara Weaver, Kaitlin Cook, Lacey Calvert, Janelle Britt, Abigail Herring and Tess Morris. (Cayla Grace Murphy for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Field of Miracles was dotted with pastel eggs and stations were set up with temporary tattoos, ring toss and bounce houses Wednesday evening for TheraPlay’s inaugural sensory-friendly Easter event. 

TheraPlay, a pediatric sensory gym with speech and occupational therapists, hoped to minister not only to its clients, but also to the community at large.  

Certified occupational therapy assistant and TheraPlay Clinic Manager Abby Jones said, “Really, the heart behind this was to minister to our community and serve those kids and families that have special needs and varying abilities.” 

Speech language pathologist and TheraPlay Owner Janelle Britt was excited to share that Wednesday’s event was the first one outside of the clinic directed toward clients, saying, “We’ve done resource events directed toward parents, but nothing directed towards children before.”  

When asked about TheraPlay’s motivation for hosting a sensory-friendly Easter event, Britt acknowledged that other sensory-friendly events are hosted seasonally, but nothing she knew of for Easter.  

“Our goal behind this was to be a ministry, and with Easter coming up it made perfect sense,” she said, adding that there were many children and siblings of those with disabilities in attendance. “We filled over 2,000 eggs.” 

To learn more about TheraPlay and the services it offers, call 256-841-5185 or visit

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