For children and young people aged 5-18 with
Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and their families.
Blast off into space on your very own out-of-this-world space odyssey. Shoot past stars, cross galaxies, and bump into bizarre aliens – all in the search for the Secret of the Universe.
We've created some simple sensory exercises you can try at home. Play the song that goes with each theme and see how creative you can be!
Time to prepare your spaceship, cadets! See what materials you can find around the house to make your very own space shuttle command deck. You could make a space fort out of the sofa or some cardboard boxes. Perhaps you could cover everything in shiny/silver material to make it look futuristic, or close all the curtains, stick some glow in the dark stars all around the room and suddenly you're on a shuttle looking right out to space! You could also cover your seat, bed or wheelchair in kitchen foil to make it spacey, too. Take your time and play the MISSION song while you set everything up. You can use our spaceship as inspo or check out these photos we found online for some other nifty ideas!
If the weather is nice, why not do this outside at night for extra sensory fun?
MEET THE ALIENS
This is the point in our show where the audience get to meet each of the aliens that form the crew of The Closer (that's what we call our spacecraft).
Our aliens are all from different parts of the galaxy, which means they each have their own unique look and sound. Marty, the King of Mars, has shiny green skin, loads of eyes all pointing in different directions and he wears a sparkly cape. Constello, our cuddly commander from Saturn, is covered in yellowy brown fur from head to toe and his big furry ears poke through his hat.
Hunt through your wardrobe for some unusual and fun textures to make your very own alien costume. We recommend exploring as many different textures as you can find and using your costume for some tactile sensory play while you listen to the Meet the Aliens song. Find out which textures feel good as they brush against an arm, and which ones catch your eye as they twinkle under some fairy lights.
You could even blow some bubbles over the young person (maybe that's how your alien communicates?) to add another tactile sensory element to the mix!
Uh Oh... Here comes a meteor storm!
At this point in our show, The Closer is caught in a huge meteor storm. This causes havoc onboard, as all our audience shuttles roll around the spaceship in chaos while the crew try to regain control. This is a wild and exciting part of the show that's really easy to recreate at home with a wheelchair or even a wheeled office chair. Play the music, clear the floor of any obstacles and (safely) move your young person around, changing speed and direction to keep it exciting, imaging your spaceship is fighting its way through an unexpected meteor storm. Remember, have fun but be safe, there aren't any A&E departments in space!
Cadets, we have safely navigated the meteor storm, but some of the meteors have found their way inside the spaceship!
It's time to slow everything down a little as we near the end of our space adventure. In our show, we use some light shiny metal silver balls (you can find these in places like IKEA if you're interested) as reflective surfaces. We use these to have some mirror play between the aliens and the audience members, and it's often a really lovely moment of up-close interaction.
Find some reflective surfaces around your home and see how you can use them to stimulate some fun sensory engagement with your young person. We found that simply sitting close to each other and allowing the young person to see both of you in the mirror can lead to some brilliant conversation, both verbal and non-verbal. You could also try singing their name along with the music and see how they respond!
The important thing to remember, is that everything you do should be focussed entirely on the young person, to make them feel really special.
You can continue to enjoy the music and explore other sensory activities. Or, you can finish off your space adventure in whatever way works for you. Maybe that's lying down in the dark and remembering all the things you've done, while planning your next adventure!
Or maybe it's playing all the music one more time to keep you company while you tidy everything up...
We'd really love to hear all about your adventure, so please share any photos or stories with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or by emailing Andrew on
Have fun, cadets!
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