Sensory-Friendly Resources

Presented by Denise G. and Norman E. Wells, Jr.

When we prepare for sensory-friendly performances, we provide tips and resources to help guests feel calm and relaxed at the theater. 

Until we can gather and enjoy performances together, we’d like to share more information and techniques to help you feel calm, relaxed and peaceful no matter where you are. We have partnered with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Dr. Thomas Kelbley to create a sensory-friendly video series to explore different ways to relax and manage stress. 

Dr. Thomas Kelbley Bio

Thomas Kelbley, Ph.D.

As a staff psychologist for the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Dr. Thomas Kelbley provides consultation to individuals, families, and teams working with folks who have a developmental disability. He also conducts assessments and provides treatment for severe psychological disorders.

Dr. Kelbley works in multiple environments, including vocational and day activity centers, various community employment sites, and any residence or residential agency on the east side of the greater Cleveland area.

Prior to coming to the County Board, Dr. Kelbley conducted neuropsychological assessments at a rehabilitation center in Youngstown for individuals who had sustained a stroke. He earned his master’s degree at Wright State, in Dayton, and achieved his doctoral degree from Indiana University. He is a member of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as the American Psychological Association.


Meet our guide and facilitator for this sensory-friendly video series, Dr. Thomas Kelbley from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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In this video, Dr. Kelbley shows us tension-releasing exercises we can do on our own to promote relaxation and peace in the body, including temple massage and deep breathing. 

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Internal State

Dr. Kelbley leads us in recognizing what’s going on inside, how we are feeling and what we are thinking; and how that internal state of being could lead to adverse or negative actions. When we know what’s going on inside, we can work toward positive thoughts and actions. 

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Guided Imagery

Join Dr. Kelbley as he takes us on a journey using guided imagery. This exercise can assist in achieving a peaceful and calm feeling leading to deep relaxation and restful sleep. 

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Active Listening

In this video, Dr. Kelbley shows us how active listening can be a source of comfort and peace for ourselves and the people around us.

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Decision Making

Join Dr. Kelbley and Playhouse Square Teaching Artist AJ as they explore decision making through the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." "Let's see what happens!"

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