This itinerary is specifically designed for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders or developmental and learning disabilities (communication impairments, language and attention deficit disorders, sensory processing disorders, or visitors requiring more time). Visitors need to be able to conceptualize and form mental images (in order to read a map or to connect an object to its image, for example). This itinerary is suited both to group leaders guiding several visitors, and to parents and relatives wishing to accompany individuals.
The itinerary is aimed at visitors who have already visited the Louvre or who are familiar with general museum rules of conduct.
The aim of this itinerary is to present some of the archaeological and civilizational features of Mesopotamia.
The objective is to guide visitors so that they may:
- Discover a new part of the Musée du Louvre – a selection of rooms in the Department of Near Eastern Antiquities
- Adjust to being physically close to people outside familiar surroundings
- Take part in an outing and in activities that will help them make sense of the day’s events
- Encounter architectural spaces as well as artworks
- Give a few points of reference in time and in space
- Tell the difference between reality, fantasy, and imagination
- Name feelings (improve and expand vocabulary)
- When possible, express an opinion, a viewpoint, a choice (e.g. through drawing or talking).
- Remain receptive to visitors’ questions and other forms of expression
- Be very explicit, leave nothing to interpretation
- Start with details and gradually move up to the bigger picture
- Use the prepared itinerary and commentary, and avoid overwhelming visitors with too much information
- To ensure better conditions for your visit, opt for morning tours on weekdays. Avoid weekends and school holidays, our busiest periods.
- Notebooks and drawing pencils
- An illustrated form summarizing the different tour stops, tailored for and handed out to each visitor before the tour to help them anticipate what they will see.