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Center for Puppetry Arts presents program for patrons with autism
Children can sense a different kind of play
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As many children may enjoin the sights and sounds a puppetry play, those with autism spectrum disorder may not experience the common event in the same.

Seeing that hurdle for those children, the Center for Puppetry Arts has adapted the play of “Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type” to a sensory-friendly performance along with its Create-A-Puppet workshop.

Several alterations will be employed to create a comfortable setting for guests with ASD. They include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and leave their seat if necessary and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. A quiet zone with fiddle toys will be set up in the lobby.

Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

The sensory-friendly Create-A-Puppet workshops will be from 12–2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19. The performance will follow at 1 p.m.

Both events will be at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta.

Tickets for patrons ages 2 and older are $9.25 for members and $16.50 for nonmembers. Buy tickets by call 404-873-3391 or visit www.puppet.com.

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