For this outing, some parents were encouraged to allow their child to attend independently as they generalized the skills of following and listening to the teacher’s instructions in a big group. This was a new experience for some children, following a class outing without their parent/caregiver. It was fun watching the children independently choose who they wanted to sit with or where they wanted to sit on the bus to the Esplanade. Bus rides are calming for them and they enjoyed pointing out the different landmarks along the way such as the “Singapore Flyer”!
For the parents who accompanied their children for the outing, they were able to plan the supports needed for the outing. This was seen most evidently during the waiting period for the play to begin. Parents knew exactly what their children like, what helps them calm down, and what their children would need to wait with. Mummies and daddies brought out their children’s favourite books, slime toys to ensure a successful waiting period. Other children waited well with drawing materials or talking about what they could see in the theatre’s set up!
When the play began, the children were able to look at what the actors and actresses were doing. Some even followed the actions to the songs and tried to sing along! As it was a sensory-friendly play, extra effort was given to invite the children to touch the different textures of the props, as well as experience the softer musical effects.