Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Workshop

Posted on 6/12/2013 3:06:10 PM

A Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop for music, art, theater, dance, media arts educators, classroom teachers, and teaching artists will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center at 142 Kerr Road in Ford City, Armstrong County from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is being coordinated through ArtsPath, a program of the Lively Arts at IUP.

This workshop offers standards-based professional development training for educators and teaching artists to improve their skills when teaching the arts to students with ASD in pre-K through grade 12. It will include an overview of characteristics of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disabilities; strategies for using Universal Design for learning to allow greater access to the curriculum for children with ASD; strategies for behavior management; and best practices in assessment.

The copresenters for the workshop are William Pearce and Ermyn King. Pearce is well-known to Indiana residents as a music educator from Purchase Line High School with 35 years of teaching experience. Less known are his years of experience throughout the region and state as a specialist on Inclusion, Universal Design for Learning, and Accommodations in the Arts, having had an eight-year appointment as chair of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Music for Special Learners committee, and a seven-year position at the Governor’s Institute for Arts Educators, where he was the accommodations specialist.

King, in addition to having been a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts rostered teaching artist with expertise in creating universal learning environments inclusive of individuals with disabilities, is a nationally recognized arts educator, and a workshop leader for the Arts in Special Education Project of Pennsylvania, and has been an arts program specialist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Creative Arts program coordinator at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Act 48 credit for educators will be be available.

Cost for the conference is $25 per person and includes the all-day workshop, breakfast, and lunch. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to see registration material, please contact ArtsPath at 724-357-2787, or e-mail Lively Arts associate director for arts-in-education Services, Jeff Wacker, at jwacker@iup.edu.

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