Circus Starr, Show and Tell, UK – have developed an interactive visual story app for children who are on the autistic spectrum. The app is free to download.
‘A ground-breaking R&D project that will explore the role and impact of digital technologies in widening audience access and increasing engagement in the arts.
Our ultimate goal is to develop a useful product for children on the autistic spectrum that will also benefit, support and inform the wider arts and cultural sector.’
Cath Logan, is the Community Engagement Manager at Circus Starr and is responsible for the running of the Show & Tell project from March 2014 – February 2015. Cath’s role also includes working closely with the 180 children involved in the research programme, including one-to-one interviews and running app training sessions prior to each performance, the Circus Starr website states.
The App’s features include:
- An interactive, customisable, visual story
- Featuring a range of circus images and show footage
- Helps children familiarise themselves with the circus experience
- Alleviates some of the anxieties associated with unknown experiences
- Enhances the child’s enjoyment of live performance
- Increases confidence and helps develop social skills
- Can be used as a springboard into exploring further cultural opportunities
(theatre, galleries, museums) with siblings, family and friends.
Click here for information on how to download the free app
The website can be found here