Characters in a "relaxed performance" of Spot's Birthday Party
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'Relaxed' theatre for autistic children

12 April 2013 Last updated at 08:27 BST

Special "relaxed performances" of children's theatre shows, adapted for children on the autistic spectrum, are being put on in several playhouses across the UK.

Subdued lighting, quieter sound and a chill-out area outside the auditorium are just some of the changes making the performances easier for the children to handle.

Colin Paterson reports.