The Therapeutic & Pedagogical Benefits of Improv

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


Bonnie Jessica Arjet
The Hideout Theatre - Dir


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


Lacy Shawn
The Hideout Theatre - Building Connections Program Dir


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:
Case Study
Special Needs
special needs improv cpe credit

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