A relaxed performance is specially designed to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre.
In the performance itself, adjustments are made to sound and lighting effects and the operating conditions of the auditorium in order to reduce surprises or tensions that may trigger adverse reactions in children who are especially sensitive to sensate experiences.
Other adjustments are made 'front of house' in order to induce a relaxed atmosphere and help engage children, especially those on the autism spectrum who may be experiencing theatre for the first time.
This glossary is designed to explain some of the jargon and gobbledygook used by some people when they talk about autism or research..
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