Virtual Camping Trip Coming For Kids With Autism

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Children with autism can experience something new this winter – camping.

But as WBBM Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports, they won’t have to bring snow pants or canteens. They will actually be taking a virtual camping trip, put together by the Chicago Children’s Theatre Company.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports

As Dawn Akelis with Chicago Children’s Theatre Company explains, a lot goes in to a virtual camping trip.

“We have projectors, and rolling grass, and puppets, and we literally take them camping in one room, and the projections change, and we bring all sorts of bug puppets and bird puppets out, and a campfire. We sit around the campfire and sing songs,” Akelis said.

Jay in the marketing department says the show is geared toward children 10 and under and the actors really customize it.

“The parents give the theatre some information in advance about what their children’s likes and dislikes and barriers for tolerance are, so that it’s very customized for them,” he said.

The show is called “The Red Kite Roundup.” It opens Tuesday at the choral rehearsal room at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

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  • Kelly

    What a wonderful idea. There are so many sensory issues with autistic children, putting them into “safe” situations will certainly help them feel more comfortable in similar real world situations. Kudos to this organizations for helping our children.

  • Jeanne

    WOW! How great is this!! My son is older now but if he were younger and we lived in the area I would have definitly let him take part. It would be hard for my son the go camping “for real” and this would be wonderful to have it almost real. Maybe the Chicago Children’s Theater Company coiuld think about doing this for older autistic’s. Graet idea – thanks for sharing!!

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