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LAST week The Lowry worked with 22 chil­dren and young peo­ple from Spring­wood Pri­mary School and New Park High School on an autism fo­cused project as part of World Autism Aware­ness Week.

Push­ing the young peo­ple’s cre­ative bound­aries, the project al­lowed them to en­joy chore­ograph­ing dance rou­tines, cre­at­ing their own orches­tra and build­ing re­cy­cled ro­bots.

Vis­it­ing new spa­ces, like The Lowry, can be a sen­sory over­load for some­one with autism.

Learn­ing to cope with loud mu­sic or touch­ing new ma­te­ri­als, like clay, has been a valu­able chal­lenge that has en­abled the chil­dren to de­velop new cop­ing strate­gies.

Af­ter their visit last week the young peo­ple will choose what they’d like to do for their fi­nal cel­e­bra­tion event in July.

World Autism Aware­ness Week aims to spread the word about autism and to sup­port more than 700,000 peo­ple with autism in the UK.

The Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety states: “Autism af­fects how a per­son com­mu­ni­cates with, and re­lates to, other peo­ple.

“It also af­fects how they make sense of the world around them.”

Be­yond the fo­cused project, The Lowry hopes to wel­come more peo­ple with autism and their fam­i­lies to the venue.

As part of this aim, staff and vol­un­teers have been un­der­tak­ing autism aware­ness ses­sions to help make the whole build­ing more ac­ces­si­ble.

To find out more about re­laxed per­for­mances check the web­site­­atreshows/re­laxed­per­for­mances.

Young peo­ple tak­ing part in a dance work­shop at The Lowry

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