We decided to be brave and ALL go - it seemed a bit mean to get free tickets because Ashlea is a Starlight Kid and then not take her. So off we went - well prepared with 3 helpers, an industrial strength set of headphones and the ipad.
We took bets before the show on how long we thought Ashlea would cope for. I was closest with my bet of 20 seconds (a few seconds to realise what was happening, a few more seconds to take in a huge breath of air....and then the yell...). So after 20 seconds Carolin took her outside to the cry room (note for the future - Allphones Arena has a cry room!).
For the second half though we tried her back in the auditorium. She sat on my knee. Sure enough after 20 seconds she was yelling and arching and writhing around. But I managed to keep her in a position where I could squeeze her tightly.
And she calmed down.
AND STAYED IN THE AUDITORIUM FOR THE ENTIRE SECOND HALF!!!
It is hard for people who don't have a child with special needs to realise just what an achievement this was for her! I don't think she loved the experience - but she tolerated it - and it is the first time in a long time (possibly ever) we have ALL been able to do something like that as a family.
I'm calling it a WIN!