Sensory Friendly

The Smith Center is committed to providing inclusive programs and presentations for people of all ages, perspectives, and abilities. Our sensory friendly opportunities aim to increase access and inclusion for individuals and families impacted by autism spectrum disorders and other intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Additional programming will be added as it becomes available. If you are interested in being notified, please register your interest via the button below.

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Watch Now: The first Broadway sensory friendly performance at The Smith Center makes arts experiences a joyous reality for those with sensory sensitivities.

UPCOMING SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES


WHAT MAKES A PROGRAM OR PRESENTATION SENSORY FRIENDLY?

  • A welcoming, inclusive environment for all guests or participants
  • Relaxed theater etiquette rules enabling guests to enter and exit the space as needed
  • Ability to use mobile devices for communication purposes
  • Modification of house lights during the performance and reduction of jarring sounds
  • Quiet areas established in lobbies or lounges for individuals who may want to take a break from the performance or program, monitored by a certified volunteer
  • Supportive staff and volunteers

 


SENSORY FRIENDLY PROGRAM TOOLS

Attending an upcoming sensory friendly event at The Smith Center? These tools will help you know what to expect.

 


PAST SENSORY FRIENDLY PROGRAMMING

  • Workshops with Ryan Hourigan – Music and Children with Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers (2014) and Music Making with Children with Autism (2018)
  • Workshops with Kevin Spencer – Hocus Focus: Teaching Magic Tricks to Special Needs Children – Especially High Functioning Autism (2016)
  • Shh! We Have A Plan (April 2018)
  • Disney’s The Lion King (November 2018)
  • Hocus Focus: The Magic of Kevin Spencer (March 2019)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth (April 2019)
  • Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical! (November 2019)
  • Beep (March 2020)

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

The Smith Center’s Education and Outreach Department extends its thanks to the staff and clinicians at Grant A Gift Autism Foundation, Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, UNLV Ackerman Center for Autism, FEAT of Southern Nevada, Nevada PEP, Opportunity Village, Sport Social, Wellman Therapy Services, Autism Coalition of Nevada, and the Center for Child and Family Development for their guidance and support.

 


SPONSORS

Ameriprise

This sensory friendly performance is made possible through a major gift from Windsong Trust, Ameriprise Financial and other generous Smith Center donors.

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