JW actors studio is proud to introduce SKIT…
Special Kids Improvisational Theater
Our Social Skills, Communication, and Collaboration Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and other Special Needs.
JWAS has developed SKIT, a new program for Special Needs Students . Inspired by a father of a current student in the Spring of this year, founder Jody Wood began researching best practices for developing programs for students not only with ASD but also Asperger’s Syndrome as well as many other Special Needs students.
We developed an initial program in late Winter/early Spring of 2017 and were able to conduct it at the Galloway Middle School’s FUN (Friends United Now) after school program in Galloway Township, NJ. The results were amazing. The students loved it and more importantly, were very engaged! The professionals who participated or were observing were very impressed with the results. They said that they had never seen such a connection among the group. They were impressed by the fact that the students were able to quickly let their guard down and feel safe enough to participate. That is a tribute to the atmosphere we created but also to the improv exercises themselves, which are designed to allow students to let go, let loose, and Communicate, Listen, Innovate, and Collaborate!
We were especially struck by the fact that most young adults with ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome have a very high unemployment rate and an extremely high “under employment” rate mostly because they lack critical listening and social skills. Our program’s goal is to stop that right in it’s tracks. While we will be working with all ages through adulthood in our programs, we aim to nip these issues in the bud as we work with the younger students.
Our programs are specifically designed to establish a safe, creative atmosphere where students can just be themselves. Where “mistakes” don’t matter. In Improvisation many “Happy Mistakes” lead to wonderful results!
Our True Social Skills Training program focuses on:
- Focused Listening
- Building on Ideas
- Improving Communication and Social Skills
- Creating Meaningful Conversation
- Relieving the Stress of “How to Respond”
- Comfort with Being the “Center of Attention”
- Learning Patience
- Developing and Holding Onto Meaningful Relationships
- Mastering the Process of Listen, See, Understand, and then Respond
- And Much More!
If you are a parent of a person with ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome, or other Special Needs please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss how our workshops will make a huge difference in your child or young adult’s life.
If you are a non profit organization please contact us to see how we can work together to to add an outstanding program that already has proven results as a part of your services to the Special Needs Community.
If you are an educator or run a Special Needs PTO Contact Us to implement a program in your school or to add an awesome addition to your after school programs.
Ask us about about our weekly classes at various locations throughout the state and beyond!
Contact us at: 609-240-7080 today!
From Sue Ferguson: Director of the FUN (Friends United Now) a Special Needs Program at Galloway Township Middle School:
“That was the best FUN Club ever! Can we do it again next week?” exclaimed Jared as he dashed out of the classroom. He was late for his bus, along with the fifteen other students who had just attended the SKIT improv workshop that afternoon. They did not want to leave! For the past 90 minutes,7th and 8th graders with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome from a program entitled Friends United Now – F.U.N of Galloway Township Middle School, laughed and socialized with each other through the guidance of Jody’s workshop. At the beginning of class, some of the students acted withdrawn and apprehensive but that did not last long. The proven exercises that were utilized along with Jody’s energy very quickly showed them to a way of allowing them to relax. He lead them through a series of exercises that strengthened listening and communication skills. The students responded positively, engaged in the activities and interacted with each other. I believe that the SKIT improv based programs would be a valuable tool for students with autism and anyone with Special Needs. It would give them the opportunity to practice social skills and develop friendships along the way that could lead to long lasting relationships. And it’s just plain FUN!
Sue Ferguson: Director of Friends United Now of Galloway Township Public Schools, NJ
“What a great way to get people with disabilities to participate in group activities. It was a wonderful experience and great to watch! We have never seen anything like it and we are definitely going to have you back! I would like to help you continue to increase your outreach with the community.”
Eilyn Aguilar: President, Princeton Best Buddies
“Wow, what a great workshop! This was a great way to get group participation and camaraderie among people with disabilities. I loved the flexibility of the workshop and the exercises you chose were perfect!”
Jacquelyn Thorbjornson: Coordinator, Princeton Best Buddies
“I really admire your passion and vision.”
Nicholas Antonellos: Founder and Director, Sidekicks Support Services