Connections Workshop: Adapting Drama Games for the Special Needs Classroom
The workshop “Drama for Special Needs: Adapting Drama Games for the Special Needs Classroom” was held at Goodman Arts Centre on 10 October 2015.
The session was co-facilitated by SDEA Members Julius Foo and Michael Cheng.
The participants came from various backgrounds from ITE College West, to early childhood and MOE schools to programmers from the Science Centre.
At the workshop, participants were introduced to the principles of planning and facilitating drama sessions for different contexts and different purposes. They also learnt how drama can help the physical and mental development of special needs students.
At the end of the workshop, the participants were able to select, plan and adapt games for the profile of needs that they work with.
The participants appreciated the co-facilitation and learnt much from both Julius and Michael who together had great dynamics within the session. The participants also kept in touch via email and created a network of support.
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](/images/EDM-Workshop-photo.jpg)WORKSHOP: Adapting Drama Games for the Special Needs Classroom**
Find out how to adapt drama games and activities for the special needs classroom and learn how drama can help the physical and mental development of special needs students. Also be introduced to the principles of planning and facilitating drama sessions for different contexts and different purposes. This hands-on workshop is recommended for drama trainers, special needs educators and those interested working with special needs students.
About the Facilitators
Julius Foo started in theatre as an administrator and actor with The Necessary Stage. Over the years, he has acted in numerous productions with various theatre groups and companies. Between 1999 and 2002, he trained and worked with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Italy) as a member of Theatre OX. As he continues to hone his craft as an actor, he has extended his work in the areas of community theatre and education, working with children and young people, people with special needs as well as seniors from different backgrounds. He is a member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA).
Michael Cheng is the Artistic Director of Tapestry Playback Theatre and is an artist-educator at Grace Orchard School under the NAC Artist-SPED School Partnership Scheme. He uses drama to build social skills in students with special needs, designs curriculum and trains teachers to use drama in the classroom. He has also worked with students from Metta School, Rainbow Centre (Margaret Drive) and AWWA school. Michael is a member of Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and is a fervent believer in the power of theatre for empowerment, social change and personal development.
About the Workshop
Price: SDEA Members $200 ; Non-SDEA Members $280 Note: 10% discount is applicable for 5 and more participants, please email to email@example.com. The workshops will proceed with a minimum of 10 participants.