On Saturday May 15th, Youth Theatre Ireland will run a second ‘Supporting Young People on the Autism Spectrum in Youth Theatre’ seminar which will be delivered online in partnership with Hannah O’Dwyer, Training Manager and Education Officer, AsIAm (the National Autism Charity) and with the participation of Anna Galligan, Youth Theatre Facilitator, Kilkenny Youth Theatre.
The seminar will explain what autism is and explore its impact on a young person’s behaviour and experiences within the youth theatre setting. Participants will take part in an interactive webinar in the morning and then join seminar facilitators in the afternoon for a clinic session. Discussions and guidance will draw on the resource ‘A Handbook for Youth Theatre Facilitators: Supporting Young People on the Autism Spectrum’ which can be downloaded from the Youth Theatre Ireland website. The seminar aims to equip youth theatre leaders with the information and strategies they need to build their confidence, develop their inclusive facilitation practice and support young people on the autism spectrum within their youth theatres. We will provide a variety of virtual learning experiences! Across the day, we’ll move between presentations, group discussions and Q & A sessions. Come and join the discussions!
This seminar is aimed broadly at the facilitators, leaders and young leaders aged 18+ who are engaged in affiliated and developing youth theatres.
For more information, contact Rhona Dunnett (Youth Theatre Ireland) at firstname.lastname@example.org
11.00 – 11.15: Welcome and Introduction
11.15 – 1.00: AsIAm Webinar with Hannah O’Dwyer, Training Manager & Education Officer, AsIAm
Hannah will explore how autism can affect a young person's behaviour through challenges with communication, social skills and sensory processing. The focus will be on acceptance and inclusion of these young people in youth theatre and there will be a number of opportunities for interactive activities, group discussions and questions during this session.
1.00 – 2.00: Lunch Break
Grab your lunch and have a well-earned screen break!! You can pop back into the zoom room for lunch-time chats from 1.40 if you’d like to catch up with other youth theatre leaders and Youth Theatre Ireland staff.
2.00 – 3.30: Clinic Session
Seminar facilitators Hannah O’Dwyer, AsIAm, and Anna Galligan, Kilkenny Youth Theatre, will work with participants to help them engage with the guidance contained in the resource ‘A Handbook for Youth Theatre Facilitators: Supporting Young People on the Autism Spectrum’ and explore the inclusion of young people on the autism spectrum in the artistic work of the youth theatre. The afternoon will conclude with a Q & A session.
This a free event but you will need to register in advance to attend as spaces are limited. You can book your ticket on Eventbrite here and Youth Theatre Ireland will be in touch to confirm your registration for the event.
You can choose to attend both sessions or book separately for the morning and afternoon seminar sessions. Everyone attending the afternoon ‘Clinic’ Session’ will need to have attended the ‘AsIAm Webinar’ first (either that morning or as part of the Oct 10th 2020 seminar).
Youth theatre leaders from affiliated and developing youth theatres, as well as organisation and individual members will be prioritised in the booking process.
This online seminar will take place on zoom. Ticket holders will be notified of zoom meeting details after registration.
This seminar is delivered in partnership with AsIAm, the National Autism Charity in Ireland, and in collaboration with Anna Galligan, Outreach Officer, Barnstorm Theatre Company and Youth Theatre Facilitator of Kilkenny Youth Theatre.
This seminar and the accompanying resource has been generously supported by the Creative Ireland Programme.
Download the information sheet below.