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All Kids Theater (AKT) is an interactive musical, theatrical, and artistic experience for children with special needs, such as developmental and/or physical, from the ages of 2 through 18.
As a non-profit organization (501c3) committed to improving the lives of children through the performing and visual arts, we strive to make this possible by making theater, music and art accessible to all kids regardless of their developmental or physical needs.
AKT offers weekly, monthly and quarterly classes in musical theater, private and group music lessons and art as the mediums to teach the power of alternate forms of communication and to foster an environment of acceptance, understanding and friendship. Through creating and performing, we will cross the barriers that often exist between people without disabilities and those with disabilities such as autism, Down Syndrome, and physical and intellectual impairments, thereby promoting an environment of healthy self-esteem and self-acceptance.
Why should children participate in the arts?
Research shows that kids who are actively involved in music (who play it or sing it regularly):
- Do better in reading
- Learn coordination, goal-setting, concentration, and cooperation
- More likely to do better in math and science because music helps build reasoning skills and cognitive development, which are important to both
- Get along better with their peers and have higher self-esteem
- More likely to go to college
Children with autism in particular, experience impairments in social relationships and social interactions as well as verbal and nonverbal communication. They often exhibit restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior. Then why use music to stimulate children with autism? Children on the autism spectrum show a preference for musical stimuli and find the repetitive elements appealing. Music fosters creativity and self-expression and affects the whole person (cognitive, physical, neurological, & emotional).
The non-musical goals we will accomplish with our program are: Cognitive, Academic, Motor, Emotional, Social and Leisure.
The musical and theatrical goals we will strive for with children with autism help to increase tolerance of stimuli, promote verbal/non-verbal dialogues, increase self-expression, develop spontaneity and flexibility, decrease obsessive behaviors and increase awareness of others.
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