Tip 2 - Go to a live show!
It sounds an obvious thing to do, but can sometimes be a stressful experience – both for the child with autism and for those taking that child. Here are some practical things to think about first...
- Make sure you’ve discussed all the characters and themes first, and take as long as you need with this – maybe starting a few weeks or even a month prior – so that they are fully prepared
- Try to find out if there are any sudden loud bangs or noises in the show. This kind of information can often be found online on show’s websites but a call to the theatre may well be a good idea here. Online reviews will also often give hints about this kind of thing
- If you possibly can try to get an end of row seat so that the child with autism doesn’t feel “boxed in.” Theatres are exciting places but they can also be very claustrophobic!
- Remember many theatres, both in the west end and regionally, do discounted deals on certain dates for young people with additional needs or health care statements. It is worth researching this first.
For more information on these, to get advice on a tailor made Pro Corda programme most suitable for your child, and for information on how to book please contact the Pro Corda office:
T – 01728 831354
E – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pro Corda’s CEO and Artistic Director, Andrew Quartermain, is a music and autism education specialist and is happy to talk with parents and families at any time to offer the best advice. You can contact him directly by email – email@example.com