Lifewatch: Circus stimulates senses

Reported by Claire Hosmann - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - Many people have fond memories of going to the circus as a child, now a group of special kids can enjoy the same experience.

For a group of visually impaired pre-schoolers, attending the circus is a unique experience that uses almost all their senses.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus invites the children into the ring after a show.

Teacher Joyce Burnett, who is also visually impaired, says the circus experience brings a new dimension to learning.

"They need to have the sights, the sounds, the smells, the touching," said Burnett.  "Anything they could do that would help them to understand the concepts that you just look and see."

Some parents believe the lesson goes even further.

"The kids feel special because they get to come down and actually do something that the other kids don't do is just a real treat," said mother Michelle Masta.

To learn more about how to organize a visit with the performers, visit the Barnum and Bailey Circus website at