Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

by Jennifer Wieland
Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

 

 

Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

Blue Man Group is something I wanted to see and experience since I first heard about it a long time ago. Life was crazy as a single parent to my three older kids and I never got a chance to go. Once I got married, we added to our family right away with my three youngest. With two of them on the Autism Spectrum I thought going to see Blue Man Group would be a pipe dream. Recently though we were invited to a performance and I have to admit that I was leery about taking them but Blue Man Group turned out to be a sensory delight for my Autistic family.

Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

I had no idea that Blue Man Group automatically offers noise reducing headphones to children under the age of six so that the noise is not a problem for them. Did you know though that anyone can request them? That’s right, no matter your age if noise is a sensory issue for you then you can just ask for a pair of the headphones. This will leave you to enjoy the show without the sensory overload. My children absolutely loved the show and surprisingly were not bothered by the noise but we were sitting near the back of the theater so that may have helped.

Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

Blue Man Group National Tour
Credit photo: ©Paul Kolnik
paul@paulkolnik.com
nyc 212-362-7778

The sounds, lights, and silly and fun interactivity of the show had my kids (ages 6-11) laughing and smiling the entire time. I wish I could have taken pictures during the performance not of the show but of my children doubled over with laughter and smiling from ear to ear throughout the show. It was the most I have ever seen my 11-year-old laugh! 

Blue Man Group a Sensory Delight for My Autistic Family

Blue Man Group National Tour
Credit photo: ©Paul Kolnik
paul@paulkolnik.com
nyc 212-362-7778

The kids have asked to go back again but they would like to sit in the front rows where you have to wear protective ponchos. I don’t know how they would do in a regular show that close but luckily for my family and any other Chicagoland Autistic families Blue Man Group has teamed up with Autism Speaks for the Second Annual Autism-Friendly Performance on Sunday, October 4th at the Briar Street Theater. You can head over to http://www.blueman.com/autismspeaks to learn more about this special performance, to purchase tickets or to find the dates of the Autism Speaks performances in a city near you. 

 

 

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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 4-20 so things are always crazy with everything from preschool, to autism, to college. She tries to bake, craft and blog her way through all of the craziness that life throws her way.

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