Quiet Hour at The Entertainer
Shopping trips can be a daunting experience for autistic children who can find busy crowds and loud noises overwhelming which is why for the first hour of opening on a Saturday, The Entertainer will be switching off the music in store to help create a more calming environment
Enjoy Quiet Hour from 9-10am every day to give a calmer shopping for all our customers.
The Entertainer is located on the Upper Mall next to River Island. Closed Sundays.
What is autism?
- Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world.
- There are approximately 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.
- All autistic people have difficulties with communication and social interaction.
- Autism is a spectrum condition. This means autistic people have their own strengths and varying and complex needs, from 24-hour care to simply needing clearer communication and a little longer to do things at work and school.
- Although everyone is different, people on the autism spectrum may:
- be under or oversensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, which can make everyday life extremely difficult
- be unable to or find it harder to speak, face delays processing information or find it hard to hold conversations
- experience intense anxiety around unexpected change and social situations
- become so overwhelmed that they experience debilitating physical and emotional ‘meltdowns’ or ‘shutdowns’.
- Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on an education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated.
The National Autistic Society
- The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people.
- We are here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.
- Since 1962, we have been campaigning for autistic people’s rights and providing support and advice to autistic people and their families.
- To find out more about autism or the charity, visit www.autism.org.uk
- Follow the National Autistic Society on Twitter @Autism or Facebook