The Geneva Centre for Autism and researchers at Ryerson University have partnered with EmotePlay to create “Big Break! Singing and Drama Camp”, with sponsorship from the Telus Greater Toronto Community Board. This week-long summer camp or weekly after-school program is offered to kids aged 8-14 who are on the autism spectrum. The curriculum involves singing, acting, and playing the Big Break game, culminating in a final performance complete with a film fest showing the campers’ favourite movies that they made while playing the Big Break game.
Big Break! Singing & Drama Summer Camp is led by professionals in musical education and autism. Interactive drama and musical games are played with a focus on increasing participants’ confidence in their ability to perceive and produce emotions in an expressive manner. This program features choir singing, rhythmic games, acting, and exercises designed to provide practice with imitation of vocal, facial, and gestural expression. These exercises are further supported with technology assisted feedback provided through the use of the Big Break: The Acting Game.
Find out about the next offering of Big Break! Singing and Drama Camp at autism.net. If you’d like to offer a Big Break camp at your organization, get in touch for more information!
Some images taken at the final performance, summer, 2018.