I Can Pretend! teaches children with autism how to play with peers and form relationships, something that children with autism spectrum disorder typically struggle with.
Created by a seasoned drama educator and parent of a child on the autism spectrum, this program uses best practice teaching for children with autism including modelling, picture activity schedules, familiar routines, repetition and reward.
Through drama, younger children learn imaginative play skills and how to work in a group while older children hone social skills and performance skills. It is a program that is based on research supporting how children with autism learn.
Children currently enrolled in an intensive intervention program such as ABA, RDI or DIRFloortime will benefit most from this program.
First piloted at Manitoba Theatre for Young People as part of a graduate study in 2009, the program grew considerably and later moved to Tuxedo Community Centre offering 5 - 6 courses per term and servicing over 60 families a year.
I Can Pretend! has now found a permanent home at Autism Learning Centre, located at Unit I - 3525 Roblin Blvd. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For more on Autism Learning Centre please go to: www.autismlearningcentre.ca.
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