Standing up without standing out!

“It was nice for Jack not to feel different like he normally does or shy away from his quirks,” says April, mum to 6-year-old Jack.

The Circus Starr circus panto last January was the first special needs event mum and son had ever been to.

“Jack hasn’t coped too well with other shows. We always end up leaving because he's not comfortable or happy in the environment. He’s aware that people dislike him getting up and down and moving around a lot.”

Jack has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition, Sensory Processing Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder. He is also undergoing assessment for Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

The indoor show worked well as he was able to move around without his mum worrying about him trying to run off or escape.

“He participated throughout the show and was totally mesmerised by what was happening on stage. His attention span is very short but there was always something to keep him occupied.

Jack was able to stand up without standing out, move around and chat about the show while getting involved - so he was more relaxed.

It was lovely to see his character and see him absorbed in the performance without having to worry about how he was feeling or what he was doing”.

Circus Starr would like to thank April’s employer, Efaflex UK, for their kind support of the winter show at Oakengates Theatre.  

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