While improvisational theatre is often stereotyped as unplanned, it’s actually focused in a structure of communication and flexibility that reaches students on the autism spectrum. Our program explores creative improv-based exercises that support the social, behavioral and communication goals of children with autism spectrum disorder. The exercises have been interpreted by our staff and customized to our audience, presented as fun games to engage children in play. Our programming works to reinforce and develop skills such as eye contact, spontaneous language, conversation, empathy, accessing emotions, storytelling and listening skills.
We’ve adapted it for museums, schools, clinical sessions, after-school programs, teacher development sessions and parent workshops. Whether you’re looking to add techniques to your ever-expanding lesson and development plan or have us partner and work directly with your students and parents, we’re happy to collaborate.
What’s so special about our collaborations with Museums and Cultural Organizations?
Museums and Cultural Organizations are a great place for students on the spectrum to explore and gain comfort and empowerment through exhibits, activities and visits. As past and present museum educators, we know what you do is powerful! We bring a unique social component to the mix – our improv-based activities connect with education pedagogy as well as social and communication needs. We’re happy to collaborate, whether it be a phone call for tips and ideas or a full collaboration program, let us know how we can “Yes, And” your access programs, no matter how new or established!
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Current and Recent Collaborations Include:
ABC of NC Buddy Club –
Yes, AND! Improv and Social Skills 6 Week session.
Ages 9-13 and 14-18
True improv is rooted in the practice of solid communication skills, making it beneficial for individuals on the autism spectrum who are working on social skills
and language development.
Yes, AND! interactive programming:
• Explores creative improv-based exercises that support the social, behavioral, and
communication goals of individuals on the spectrum.
• Is interpreted and customized for individuals on the spectrum.
• Follows the rules of listening, affirmation, repetition, effective communication, and conversation.
• Is presented through games and activities that engage participants in play-based learning.
• Works to reinforce and develop skills such as eye contact, spontaneous language,
conversation, empathy, accessing emotions, storytelling, and listening.
Visit ABC of NC to find out more, and register!
SECCA + iCan House – We worked with SECCA for the second time, developing a Social Story about the visit as well as co-teaching a pre-visit, museum visit, and post-visit. Best part? Some of our attendees came back on their own to show-off what they discovered at the museum. ALL THE WINNING!
SECCA + ABC of NC – We worked with SECCA for their first autism-friendly program and ABC of NC on their first non-children’s museum visit. Over the course of a month, the entire school visited SECCA after a pre-visit program fully described here. The partnership concluded with an exhibition at SECCA entitled, Layers: An Exhibit of Artwork from Artists on the Spectrum, and it’s moved to The Steele Group, our very first traveling program! Read more HERE!
Some of our Past Collaborations:
EE + Queens Museum – We worked with educators (and dear friends!) developing a program made possible by the generous donation from the Neustadt Collection. Read more about our program at Queens Museum here.
EE + Queens Museum – We are repeat offenders with our favorite museums, and Queens Museum is no exception. Not only did we get to have a blast with the students in the earlier mentioned partnership, we’ve worked with parents that have kids on the spectrum, educators who teach kids on the spectrum, and the Museum Explorers Club.
EE + CMA – Our work reaches beyond kids on the spectrum, and often to families in need. With CMA we had the pleasure of working with the ARTogether Program, using our improv-based education to incorporate ways to view art in a failure-free way. See more of our work in this guide.
EE + MCC – Our first push into working with kids on the spectrum, sparked by Guggenheim for All, a program our founder Jen worked with in her museum education. We pushed into classes, taught educators and teachers and connected with students in an after-school program, all focusing on social skill and communication skill development.
EE + Georgia College – Improv + Museums go hand and hand, and when we get to teach museum educators about tips, activities, and techniques for working with kids on the autism spectrum, we’re happy as clams! At Patience Elizabeth Russell Peterson Museum Educator’s Seminar, we led educators from the Southeast through activities that helped them develop visual agendas, activities, and programs for students on the spectrum.