Workshops for Paraprofessionals, Aides in Plymouth & Concord Look at Successfully Including All Students in Art & Music Classes (281)
Published DatePLYMOUTH — Paraprofessionals, one-on-one aides for students with disabilities, parents and interested community members are invited to attend a workshop on "Successful Inclusion of All Students in Art & Music Classes," to be held in two locations: from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art & Estate, 266 North Main Street, Concord, and from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the Pease Public Library, 1 Russell Street, Plymouth.
"Students with disabilities and special learning needs are usually included with typical peers in art and music classes, but there are often challenges both for the 'specials' teachers and the aides accompanying students to these classes," says musician and educator Deborah Stuart. "This workshop will address a variety of barriers to learning and successful participation, and explore how individual aides can assist in overcoming these barriers. Discussion will focus on ways to provide support and work out adaptive strategies so that the classes work well for both the individual students and for their teachers and classmates."
The workshops are part of the New Hampshire Arts in Inclusive Learning series that is being presented around the state this year by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and VSA New Hampshire, the state organization on arts and disability, through a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Presenter Deborah Stuart is a folk musician who has worked with children for 40 years and is active around the country as a speaker, trainer and children's musician. She has also been the editor and contributing writer for Start with the Arts.