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Theatre adapts performance, environment for autistic children

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Children and parents were treated to a special performance Saturday. Children and parents were treated to a special performance Saturday.
StageOne and The Kentucky Center sponsored a play for children with autism. StageOne and The Kentucky Center sponsored a play for children with autism.
"The House of Pooh Corner" was the play performed. "The House of Pooh Corner" was the play performed.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Some parents may not think twice about lighting when taking a child to a movie or play.

Subtle, but important accommodations were made for families with autistic children when they were treated to a classic performance Saturday.

StageOne Family Theatre and the Kentucky Center presented 'The House of Pooh Corner' to an audience filled with families whose children have sensory sensitivities, like autism spectrum disorder.

It was the first live theatrical offering in the state and the first time several families had an opportunity to enjoy a play in a performing arts setting.

Sensory friendly performances are aimed to create a comfortable environment by keeping the theatre lights dimmed, providing extra space between patrons, freedom to vocalize and move/switch seats, and allowing patrons to exit and enter during the performance, according to a news release.

University of Louisville's Kentucky Autism Training Center partnered with Stage One and the Kentucky Center to present the performance.

If you're interested in future sensory-friendly performances, click here.

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