7 Responses to Improvisation for Autism

  1. Susan Ford Keller says:

    Wow!!! Great article! My son loves to recite movie lines and I’ve thought about drama class for him before. But improv may be more of what he needs. Thanks for connecting those dots!!!

  2. Susan says:

    You are most welcome. I hope Ben enjoys improv/drama.

    SM

  3. Deena says:

    I am an improviser in Cleveland who teaches social skills and emotion-based games to those with ASD, if you would ever like to exchange exercises and games that work best, I would be happy to do so!

  4. Susan says:

    That’s a generous offer. I used to do a great deal of improv, but don’t anymore, however I know someone who leads therapeutic drama groups to whom I’d like to pass on your info.

    Thanks!

    SM

  5. I manage an improv company in Edmonton and am interested in learning more about any existing programs or curriculums for using Improv to reach autistic students… also looking at any other specialty recipient programming – we have developed a program for working with at-risk teens from the inner city.
    Please contact me as soon as possible with your thoughts and suggests.

  6. Michael Katz says:

    I had a 12-yr old autistic piano student (musically a savant in that he could replicate anything that was recorded and he could listen to over and over). Despite his obviously excellent ear, I was never able to get him to INVENT anything at the piano. More accurately, I was unsuccessful in COMMUNICATING the idea of improvising. Are you aware of any material that speaks to this concept of musical improvisation from an autistic student?

  7. Koen Coel says:

    I teach improv classes and workshops in Belgium for a non-profit that works with all kinds of children and youths, amongst others people with autism. Personally I don’t have a lot of experience with this group, but I’d love to learn about fun ways to improvise with them.
    If anyone knows of helpful techniques or resources, I ‘d be very thankful for them.

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