We are so excited to announce that Minnesota’s first Sensory Friendly Concert™, supported by The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, will be held on Saturday, April 26th, from 10-10:45 at the Brookdale Public Library.
Through a partnership with The Musical Autist, the Hi-Lo Duo of Kate Nettleman and Pam Arnstein, Toneworks Music Therapy, and The Autism Society of Minnesota, we are providing an opportunity for equal access to the fine arts, and a platform for self-advocacy by showcasing the musical achievements of individuals on the spectrum. This accomodated environment is free of the social restrictions that come along with a typical concert such as sitting quietly for an hour or knowing when to clap.
Accommodations are provided by keeping volume levels low and lighting soft. Noise-reduction headphones are available to use, as well as an adjacent “quiet room” with sensory manipulatives, in case audience members need a break from sensory stimulations. Those with hypo-sensitivity to sound are encouraged to come up on stage during the performance, where the volume is louder. Credentialed music therapists and other trained volunteers help to facilitate these musical interactions so that family members and caregivers can relax and enjoy the performances. Other provisions for promoting engagement with live music are foam blocks and scarves, for those who need extra tactile stimulation for their listening experience.
For more information, social story for attendees, or to perform in a concert, email Lyndie Walker, Director of Programming at firstname.lastname@example.org
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