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PD Workshop: Reaching Students with Autism through the Arts - Implications...

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Mansfield Art Center

700 Marion Avenue

Mansfield, Ohio 44906

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Many teachers have noticed an increase in the number of students on the autism spectrum included in their classrooms. In this session, participants explore questions about what autism is, how it affects people, and how some strategies are utilized to help students with autism learn and experience the arts. Ryan Hourigan, Associate Director of the School of Music at Ball State University, addresses communication, emotional, socialization, cognitive, and sensory challenges faced when working with students with autism in music, art, theater, and dance classrooms and offers practical suggestions for teachers to use.

This workshop is most valuable for teachers of grades PK-12.

This workshop is presented by Ryan Hourigan, 2010 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Music Educator of the Year, joined the faculty at Ball State University in the fall of 2006 after nine years of teaching instrumental and vocal music at the secondary and university level. Dr. Hourigan holds a B.M. from Eastern Illinois University, M.M. in wind conducting from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in music education from the University of Michigan. He currently teaches music education and is the associate director of the School of Music at Ball State University. Dr. Hourigan has been published in many journals, including Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, The Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Journal of Research in Music Education, and The Music Educators Journal. Dr. Hourigan is the co-author of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach. Dr. Hourigan and Alice Hammel’s second book, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, will be released in the spring of 2013 with Oxford University Press. Dr. Hourigan co-founded the Prism Project, which provides an opportunity for Ball State University students to gain skills in the area of teaching students with special needs

Attending this workshop provides 3 contact hours towards CEU credit, and dinner is included. For more information, call 419-522-2726 ext. 251 or email maddie@mansfieldtickets.com.

This event is free with registration below thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Charles P. Hahn, CFP and the Ohio Arts Council.


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