JW actors studio has developed SKIT™, a new program for people with Special Needs. Inspired by a father of a current student in the Spring of 2017, founder Jody Wood began researching
best practices for developing programs for students not only with ASD but also Asperger’s Syndrome as well as many other Special Needs students.
We developed an initial program in late Winter/early Spring of 2017 and were able to conduct it at the Galloway Middle School’s FUN (Friends United Now) after school program in Galloway Township, NJ. The results were amazing. The students loved it and more importantly, were very engaged! The professionals who participated or were observing were very impressed with the results. They said that they had never seen such a connection among the group. They were impressed by the fact that the students were able to quickly let their guard down and feel safe enough to participate. That is a tribute to the atmosphere we created but also to the improv exercises themselves, which are designed to allow students to let go, let loose, and Communicate, Listen, Innovate, and Collaborate!
We were especially struck by the fact that most young adults with ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome have a very high unemployment rate and an extremely high “under employment” rate mostly because they lack critical listening and social skills. Our program’s goal is to stop that right in its tracks. While we will be working with all ages through adulthood in our programs, we aim to nip these issues in the bud as we work with the younger students.
Our programs are specifically designed to establish a safe, creative atmosphere where students can just be themselves. Where “mistakes” don’t matter. In Improvisation many “Happy Mistakes” lead to wonderful results!
Our True Social Skills Training program focuses on:
Building on Ideas
Improving Communication and Social Skills
Creating Meaningful Conversation
Relieving the Stress of “How to Respond”
Comfort with Being the “Center of Attention”
Developing and Holding Onto Meaningful Relationships
Mastering the Process of Listen, See, Understand, and then Respond
And Much More!
If you are a parent of a person with ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome, or other Special Needs please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss how our workshops will make a huge difference in your child or young adult’s life.
If you are a non profit organization please contact us to see how we can work together to to add an outstanding program that already has proven results as a part of your services to the Special Needs Community.
If you are an educator or run a Special Needs PTO Contact Us to implement a program in your school or to add an awesome addition to your after school programs.
Ask us about about our weekly classes at various locations throughout the state and beyond!
Contact us at: 609-240-7080 today!