VSA Montana to offer Autism and the Arts Workshop

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The Montana Arts Council is proud to be partnering with VSA Montana, the State Organization on Arts and Disability,  to offer Working in the Arts with Children on the Autism Spectrum, a full-day workshop for arts specialists, classroom teachers of all grade levels, teaching artists, arts organization staff members and paraprofessionals.

The workshop will include a morning discussion of characteristics and behaviors of children on the autism spectrum, along with strategies and interventions to help engage learners in the classroom setting.  The session is led by Brett Gilleo, LLC of Big Sky Therapeutic Services in Great Falls, who works extensively with children on the spectrum, as well as families and teachers, to support successful learning experiences.

The afternoon will include hands-on arts learning activities led by Marlene Schumann, M.Ed.  Marlene has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University and her BA in Art and Mass Communication.  She specializes in assessment strategies for learners of all abilities.

The workshop will be offered twice during the spring in the following locations:

Saturday, February 22 in Helena at the Montana Council for Developmental Disablities, 2714 Billings Avenue (deadline to register is February 14!)

Saturday, April 5 in Conrad at Conrad High School

The workshop is offered free to all participants with support from the Montana Arts Council.  Lunch is included.  A half-day follow up for all participants will be scheduled at a later date.

Renewal units will be available for teachers.

For additional details, and to register, contact:

Cythia Wood, Executive Director

VSA Montana

(406) 549-2984

PO Box 7225 Missoula, MT 59807

or email: info@vsamontana.org

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