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Actionplay offers training and professional development workshops for parents, educators, arts and culture professionals to develop compassionate and sensory-aware experiences for children and adults on the autism spectrum and with related conditions. The staff at Actionplay has presented at numerous conferences, including most recently the NYU Theatre in Education Forum and the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Face-to-Face Conference, and has directly trained staff at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Creative Approaches to Supporting Children, Teens, and Adults on the Autism Spectrum – For parents, educators, therapists and school administrators

Workshop Training: 2.5 Hours

In this 2.5-hour training – parents, educators, therapists and administrators will learn fun and creative approaches to supporting individuals on the autism spectrum at school and in home settings. We’ll explore playful developmentally appropriate approaches to bring out your own creativity, and learn how to respect individuals and groups on the autism spectrum and support their unique sensory, physical, and speech & language difference.

We'll Cover:

  • The unique sensory, physical and speech & Language differences of individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Playful based approaches and interventions that anyone can implement.
  •  Creative adaptations for educators and meaningful adaptations of games and home based activities.
  •  Cultivating and adaptive mindset.

Workshops Lead by: George Nickel, SLP MS SLP-CCC, Nancy Small, Psy.D, Aaron Feinstein, MFA, Sara Morgulis, MA.

Creating Adaptive Arts Experiences for Individuals on the autism spectrum - For Actors, Teaching Artists, Creative Arts Therapists, Arts Administrators and Professionals.

Workshop Training: 2.5 Hours

In this 2.5 hour training teaching artists, actors, arts and cultural institution administrators, arts therapists and related arts professionals will learn how to build environments and programs that will support the individual sensory, physical, and speech and language needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. 

You'll Learn:

  • The unique sensory, physical and speech & Language differences of autistics
  • Different profiles of autism
  • Arts based approaches to working with individuals on the autism spectrum
  • Creating an adaptive artistic mindset
  • Experiential learning possibilities for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Actionplay’s ACT (Assessment, Coaching, Transformation)

Training for Universities, Museums, Cultural Institutions, and Performance Centers to respectfully invite participants and guests on the autism spectrum

ASSESSMENT:

Actionplay will work with Staff to access the individual needs of your institution and engage in a discussion/review to help identify the  strengths and weakness of your institution in preparation of inviting an audience of individuals on the autism spectrum  (included 1-2 Site Visits AND/OR 1-2 Phone meetings/Skype)

COACHING (1 day) :

Actionplay will offer a PowerPoint  and Experiential presentation to address the specific needs of your institution addressing:

  • The unique sensory, physical and speech & Language differences of autistics.
  • Different profiles of autism.
  • Approaches to working with individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Performing with an adaptive mindset.

TRANSFORMATION: (1 day)

Actionplay will engage with select staff to offer a rigorous training and conversation including review of curriculum and materials to adapt programs and develop creative solutions to inviting guests and participants on the autism spectrum.

You’ve got this!

Actionplay has successfully offered our ACT series training at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, The Hudson River Museum, and are looking forward to 2018 trainings with kidSTREAM.

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