Reasons why Drama & the arts are vital forchildren with disabilities.
1. Zoe is unique in that she cannot feel pain, she's non-verbal, cannot walk and she's g-tube fed. But she's very cognizant and loves interaction of her peers & adults. She brings energy and light to class!
2. The preschool drama group offers a safe haven for children with differing disabilities. It's unique in that we all come together from different backgrounds, but have common ground with our extraordinarychildren. By the end of the 8 weeks, we became a family and every child grew from their experience. For example, when Zoe entered the class, she exuded excitement and her new friends would greet her and smile. They treated each other with respect and looked out for one another in the class. A couple of the children who were afraid to enter the class, by the end actually participated in whole class!
3. The preschool drama class is a "Safe Haven" for children with disabilities. Parents & children knew that no one was judging them and they could be themselves. No pressures, no judgements.
4. Drama classes and other classes for children with disabilities is very important for our communities because it offers a protected environment where children & parents can be themselves. Parents don't need to worry that their child is interrupting or eccentric. Everyone is equal and we all accept and respect each other. We became a community and our children looked forward to going to drama and seeing their friends.
5. This class is one of the few opportunities outside of school where children with differing abilities can be themselves and participate in a fun class! And as parents, we want the best for our children and we want them to have same opportunities that typical children have.
Thank you, Bonnie, and her outstanding teachers, for an exciting, inclusive, and artistic class.
We really enjoyed it and hope that there are more opportunities in the future!
Please feel free to contact me in the future if I can help out in any way.
Mom of Zach, 7, 2nd grader at Concord and Zoe, 5, preschooler at ECC and soon to be kindergartner at Concord.
Victoria and Zoe participated in Drama Interaction's Parent/Child Training Program funded by the
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and Legacy Funds. It is very important to contact your legislatures
and advocate for children like Zoe and her friends so that they may have more opportunities to participate
in the Arts. Thank you!
If you would like to have a program brought to your location give us a call. Please note, due to the pandemic all programs are faciliated virtually for the safety of participants and staff.
Programs have been held at St. David's, School Internships, Opportunity Partners, Courage Center, Choice, Chrestomathy, New Options, transition programs, Senior Facilities such as Sholom West, Menorah, Roitenberg, Reedemer, Praire Care, Havenwood, Good Samaritan, Ebeneezer Ridges and many more locations.
Private Lessons offered at your place or ours, check for availability.
(Autism Consultant, Speech Language Pathologist on Staff-Jill Kuzma)
Through improvisation games and creative play, students will develop flexible thinking and valuable social skills. Actors learn to collaborate and share ideas as they participate in lively theatre games in an environment that celebrates their unique talents, creativity and interests.
Activities involve imaginative situations that require students to use their voices and bodies to play characters individually while interacting with fellow students. Students play more cooperatively with others; more readily accept others’ differences and mistakes; become better able to take turns and more flexible when needed. Costumes/Props are used in our programs.
Some of the benefits of our Performing Arts Classes
Builds self-confidence not only in performing, but in interactions
improved self-esteem; pride in their accomplishments
improved recognition of emotions in others
improved identification and labeling of own emotions
new leisure time activity in a group where they can be successful
new awareness of volume levels and beginning modulation of level
new skills for functioning as part of a group
new skills for following directions
improved ability to interact with peers
increased self-confidence through success
Outlet for expressing creativity, script writing, and having FUN!
“The therapeutic nature of “The Arts” cannot be ignored. The passion and enthusiasm that Bonnie Kaye displays while working with children is incomparable and easily seen in the eyes and smiles of those that she mentors. Children of ALL skills levels should be able to create, perform, and feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in their ability- Bonnie Kaye fosters just that!” January 28, 2011
Maria Carlson Senior Behavior TX, Lovaas Institute Midwest
For more information call 952-220-1676
Drama Interaction, Inc 501 (C) (3) non profit organization is a creative and performing arts program dedicated to fostering expression and empowerment of children and adults withspecial needs, engaging seniors in the arts and serving
inner city youth.
Our non profit organization combines the unique talents and passions of performing artists, special education teachers and Certified Dementia Communication Specialists and Facilitators. Drama Interaction believes we each can be a star on life's stage if we focus on ability rather than disability. Drama Interaction offers our artists a starring role on the stage of life!
Donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible to provide scholarships to children and adults who may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the ARTS. Adaptive equipment, music, instruments, costumes, props, scripts are also needed for these programs. Drama Interaction Staff teach throughout the Twin Cities area. To donate, please click on the link below. Thank you!