Older adults sitting in audience enjoying sensory-friendly play.

Bringing Down the Curtain on Sensory Overload

A Guide to Autism-Friendly and Sensory-Friendly Broadway Shows The dazzling lights, the booming orchestra, the electrifying energy of a live performance – Broadway offers a truly magical experience. But for some individuals with sensory sensitivities, autism, or other neurodiversities, the same elements that make Broadway captivating can also be overwhelming. This can lead to sensory

Young family laying in a tent at a sensory-friendly campsite.

How to Create A Sensory-Friendly Campsite

For many families, camping is a yearly traditional event. Camping is a way for families to travel and spend quality time in nature together. Additionally, for many families, camping is a financially accessible way to go on a relaxing vacation. However, for families that have a family member with sensory sensitivities, camping is not a

Crowd of people attending a concert at a sensory-friendly arena.

Make Your Arena or Stadium Sensory-Friendly

Arenas or stadiums are common spaces to host exciting events such as sports games or concerts. Typically, these buildings are extremely large and can fit hundreds or even thousands of people. As a result, these environments tend to be very sensory-rich. Therefore, many people, including families with children who have sensory sensitivities are not able

Children sitting in an audience at a sensory-friendly play.

What Is a Sensory-Friendly Play?

A sensory-friendly play is simply a play that has been adapted to be less overwhelming for the senses. Essentially, it becomes friendly for your audience’s sensory experience. Plays become sensory-friendly by changing things in the theatre and by changing the play itself, if needed. The same play may be adapted differently by different theatres. Likewise,

Graphic stating, "The Andy Warhol Museum's Virtual Sensory-Friendly Workshop!"

An Art Museum Hosts a Virtual Sensory-Friendly Workshop

Picture this: You join a Zoom call. You first see a gallery of new faces. You hear scattered chatter in the group.  People interrupt one another.  They apologize for their audio delays. You notice a cluttered workspace behind some.  While other participants have a bright, patterned virtual background. You notice that people walk behind another participant on camera. While another is interrupted by their barking dog.  And the

Young child and swim instructor during sensory-friendly swim lessons kicking in swimming pool..

Making a Splash for All: Sensory-Friendly Swimming Lessons

Creating an Inclusive Splash: How Sensory-Friendly Lessons Make Swimming Accessible Did you know that drowning is a major preventable cause of death for children? While swimming lessons are crucial for improved water safety, traditional classes can be overwhelming for some kids. Enter sensory-friendly swimming lessons! In particular, these specialized programs cater to children with sensory

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