With the prevalence of the disorder, new performances and events have sprung up to address the need and are directed at making accommodations for these children called “sensory-friendly concerts,” and the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts will host a sensory concert on November 3 from 11:15 am to 12 pm with carnival games prior to the show from 10 to 11 am.
Unlike traditional concerts or performances, these shows keep the setting laid-back and comfortable. The lights are kept low and the rows are half-empty to give kids plenty of room to move around. There are none of the typical concert hall rules. Rather, kids are encouraged to clap their hands, sing, yell, dance, run around the room or just sit and listen. The volume will be lower, ear plugs will be available, and an interpreter will be present. Trained staff assists with accommodations.
In addition to these venue accommodations, there are even performers who specialize in meeting the needs of special populations. The Curiosity Crew and Lucy Buckle is one such band. They are an interactive science and music show for all ages. Since launching in 2010 at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, the show has wowed curious kids with great music and amazing science at major festivals and museums throughout the D.C. metro area.
Lucy Buckle is played by singer/songwriter and educator Julie Ann Sgroi, who has been an elementary school teacher for six years. The show features music from Swamp Stomp Boogie, which highlights discoveries kids can make at the zoo and inspires kids to ask questions. In addition to live music, Lucy performs experiments to inspire and amaze kids, often inviting friends on stage to help. The combination of music with science is magic.
For more information, contact Jen Erez at email@example.com or 410-559-3613.