Sensory-Friendly Special Education Classroom Activities

At the Watson Institute, sensory-friendly experiences are incorporated into special education classroom activities. This weekend, a local theater company is inviting middle and high school aged students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivity and their families to attend a sensory-friendly play performance.

Prime Stage Theatre is presenting a sensory-friendly performance of “The Giver” on Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 p.m. in their New Hazlett Theater. “The Giver” is a play based on the novel by author Lois Lowry about a young boy discovering his special gifts and explores his purpose in a world where individuality and expression are not encouraged. This sensory-friendly performance aims to make theater accessible for individuals with all abilities.

Accommodations for the performance include lower and less startling sound levels and light cues, dimmed house lights kept on during the show, designated quiet spaces, as well as availability of hand-held fidgets and ear plugs.

Tickets for this performance are $10 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased through the Prime Stage Theatre.

To read more about how Watson Institute special education teachers incorporate sensory-friendly activities and field trips into classroom learning, check out our special education resources.