At Circus Starr, we believe that spending time and having fun with your family is important... and that engaging with the arts is a positive - and sometimes life changing - activity.
Because new experiences and environments can provoke anxiety in children on the autistic spectrum, visual stories are often used to create positive visualisations which reduce stress and enable the development of coping strategies.
The Show and Tell App project explores whether using an interactive visual story can help autistic children gain confidence when first engaging with a live performance event.
The app has been written and designed in association with the National Autistic Society.
All participant information is being produced in conjuction with the Glyndŵr University Ethics Committee.
“ Our son is autistic. His behaviour can be very challenging in public and there are very few places we can take him for entertainment. Coming to see Circus Starr enables my son to experience not only new wonderful performances, but sit amongst an audience in a Theatre or a Big Top, which teaches him social skills.”
“Social stories and visual supports can be really valuable tools for many people with autism, helping them navigate situations like days out that many of us might take for granted”
Heather Wildsmith, Cultural Development Manager, National Autistic Society
Interesting story - helping children to stay strong and happy whatever life has in store.
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