It’s almost Fall and time for PACT programs to start up again. Our traveling theatre troupe will be presenting ‘Beyond Bullying’ theatre events for teens at schools and community centers, Please let us know if you would like them to perform for your group of teens. The troupe has worked very hard for almost two years to create and hone this powerful and entertaining event, and we are getting a great response from the teens in their audiences. We are looking for sponsors to help fund the performances. Please contact us if you know of a person or business who would like to participate.
We are also excited to continue our new on-the-job training program at our local Boys and Girls Club. We are training two young adults with autism as workshop directors while we provide the Boys and Girls Club with theatre workshops for their members and with training for their teachers in how to best serve those with autism.
On September 16th we will begin the next 8-week cycle of Saturday Workshops at Dance North County in Encinitas. Saturday Workshops consist of improvisational theatre workshops from 2:30-4:00 p.m., and dance and singing workshops from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Most of our participants are teens and young adults with Asperger’s/autism. Some of our less verbal participants especially enjoy our dance/singing workshops.
Our goal is to provide teens and young adults on the autism spectrum with an opportunity to master an art, enhance their communication and social skills in a supportive community, and learn how to find a place for themselves in the world.
Our program curricula is created and presented by our artistic director and the mother of two children with autism, Sandy Redmon. Sandy holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Master’s in Psychology, and has been very successfully leading PACT workshops since 2009. She has the rare ability to catch the imagination of teens, and she also has the understanding that comes from raising children on the spectrum.
Our theatre workshops are also led by her son, Jake, who has grown incredibly as an artist and as a leader. Although we invite volunteers from the community to serve as peer mentors, and they add greatly to the quality of our programs, Jake is our best peer mentor. Sandy Redmon’s daughter will serve as an aide to a teen on the spectrum in this Fall’s dance/singing class.
Feedback is that we offer a frontier into a new way of empowering people with autism to develop their potential and lead happy lives.
All the best for a fruitful Fall,
Founding Director, PACT