Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom: Creative confidence for teaching through dramatic play
The workshop demystifies how the classroom teacher or teaching artist can incorporate story drama into his/her special needs classroom by providing classroom management techniques and creative tools as a means of learning and artistic expression for individuals with special needs, specifically autism. The information presented serves classrooms, specifically elementary, that are either exclusively special needs or designed by inclusion. The formula for the story drama can be adapted to either a class period or extended over the year for an interdisciplinary learning experience. The workshop covers the Dramatic Formula (structured lessons for success), drama-in-education techniques, and adaptation alternatives for individualized classrooms.
Jessica Perich Carleton
Carleton Curriculums, Founder & CEO
Associate Director, Schools Partnership Program
New York, NY
Returning to NYC from Paris, France after studying at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Jessica Perich Carleton is actively involved in theatre-in-education throughout the country and abroad. Currently, Perich Carleton serves as the Associate Director, Center for Educational Outreach at 92Y in New York. She served as VSA Arts of NJ’s Arts Outreach Coordinator and implemented educational outreach for Cape May Stage as the Education Outreach Coordinator. She has conducted workshops, masterclasses, residencies, and a youth summer program covering all aspects of theatre making. She presented at the AATE conference: Theatre in our Schools in DC. Her book, Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom: Step-by-Step Lesson Plans for Teaching through Dramatic Play was published in 2012 with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London. Abroad, she taught at Acting International and Ecole diagonale. She holds an MA in theatre education from NYU, an MA in French from Middlebury College, a certified teacher in secondary English education, and has memberships with several organizations. Perich Carleton will also be presenting at the 2015 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program this August.