Big Break! Singing & Drama Camp
In partnership with the Geneva Centre for Autism and EmotePlay Inc., we have been developing a music-based program to support the development of social communication in teens/preteens living with autism. This program was developed with the objective of supporting socio-emotional development in a fun and engaging context. 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. Our first run of the program happened in July, 2017 with sponsorship from the Telus Greater Toronto Area Community Board.
The Big Break! Singing & Drama Summer Camp is an exciting new camp where participants go through a curriculum based program led by professionals in musical education and autism.
The one week camp involves a fun-filled morning involving interactive drama and musical games with a focus on increasing participants’ confidence in their ability to perceive and produce emotions in an expressive manner.
Here is a photo of some campers singing some songs in the morning session with the musical director Sina Fallah, and Geneva staff Julia Silvaggi and Heather Laidman.
Afternoons are spent utilizing the Big Break: The Acting Game to practice and further develop these skills and to reinforce concepts introduced in the morning session. Here, we see two campers co-operating together to get high scores on the game!