On Monday, October 27th, 2014, The Tommy Foundation was honored to participate in The Ware Center at Millersville University Lancaster’s performance of “The Snail and The Whale” a Sensory Friendly production. TTF President, Sugey Cruz-Everts met with Barry Kornhauser ahead of the performance to discuss the needs of those with sensory needs—the need for a quiet area, a gross motor area and an area for other activities that would help with setting the children at ease before the performance.
The folks at Tall Stories, a British theater company known for its unique brand of physical storytelling performed this adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book “The Snail and the Whale,” a story about a tiny snail that wants to see the world and the whale that serves as her transportation.
For this performance, which can be enjoyed by all children, there were supports and resources for young patrons with sensory process disorders, Autism Spectrum Condition, other sensory needs, learning disabilities, and/or social, cognitive, and physical challenges. Our role the day-of was to provide on hand support for families that needed a bit of prep time before the event. We brought sensory mats, games and activities to a specially designated area of the Ware Center that would be set up an hour before the event and during the event if children in attendance needed a sensory break in order to better enjoy the performance.