The Therapeutic and Pedagogical Benefits of Improv

Monday, March 6
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center - Room 12AB

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Bonnie Jessica Arjet
The Hideout Theatre - Dir

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Jim Ansaldo
Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University - Research Scholar

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Lacy Shawn
The Hideout Theatre - Building Connections Program Dir

Summary

While the stereotype of improv comedy might be light entertainment, in reality improv training and education can result in surprisingly meaningful personal transformations. The Hideout Theatre has gone even further to developed a Special Needs program for youth that customizes class settings and curriculum for therapeutic benefit. In this session we'll share our work with specific populations (including at-risk youth and children on the Autism Spectrum) and outline how improv can meet their needs through play. Participants will explore classroom and curriculum modifications that help improv social skills, build confidence, encourage expressive/pragmatic language and set them up for success.

Event Type:
Sessions
Format:
Case Study
Track:
Special Needs
Tags:
special needs special needs improv

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