Sensory-Friendly Performance of “A Christmas Carol”

Live performances are an entrancing experience.  There is an undeniable thrill to be in a performance venue, experiencing the lights and the sounds as you are taking on a priceless journey. For children and adults on the autism spectrum, attending a live performance can be an entirely different experience due to overstimulation and sensitivity.  Many individuals cannot stay seated in a dark theater …

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Family Fun Day BONUS — Sensory-Friendly Performance of “Kaput”

As part of the 6th Annual International Children’s Theatre Festival, Playhouse Square will present a sensory-friendly performance of one of its shows.  In January, the non-profit theatre company presented its first sensory-friendly performance.  During the performance, lights were left on and families were allowed to talk, get up and move around the theatre.  While these changes may seem minor, they …

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Family Fun Day — 6th Annual International Children’s Theater Festival

One of the reasons I love our Family Fun Day series so much is it features local Cleveland attractions that would be otherwise unaffordable for families.  There are so many wonders in and around Cleveland that everyone should experience at some point in their lives.  One of those wonders is the magic of live theater. In yesterday’s blog article, Why …

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FFD — Sensory-Friendly Performance of “Havana Hop” at PlayhouseSquare

Welcome back, everyone!  We hope that you had a wonderful holiday break! I believe it is critically important to engage our children in the arts.  Whether it is painting, dance, theater, or music, the arts are an essential part of life.  Autistic children, in particular, benefit from the arts because it encourages self-confidence and provides opportunities for sensory input and …

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