Andrew Nelson conducting a mask workshop at North Greenville University. Workshops like this directly address the difficulty those on the autism spectrum often have recognizing and interpreting facial expressions.
Autism Theatre Network
The Autism Theatre Network (ATN), founded by Andrew Nelson, has joined forces with The Applied Theatre Center (ATC) to continue and expand upon Nelson's nationally-recognized work with individuals on the autism spectrum.
Today, ATC staff members conduct a wide range of workshops, seminars and other customized activities with those whose lives have been touched by or touch upon autism. These include not only people at all points on the spectrum, but family members, employers, counsellors, caregivers and anyone interested in addressing the spectrum's unique set of problems and potentials.
To join the Autism Theatre Network, please visit our ATN Facebook page and click the "Ask to join group" link you'll find there near the top of the page. No more buttons to click, no form to fill out. It's that simple!
Andrew Nelson, M.Ed., is a Positive Behavior Support Trainer with the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University where he provides Family Focused Positive Behavior Support and training to parents, teachers, and professionals on a variety of autism-related topics. He is the author of Foundation Role Plays for Autism (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010) and his work has been noted in American Theatre, The Autism File and Tathaastu: So Be It magazines.
"... (These workshops) help people with autism learn to recognize emotions, not just from facial expressions, but from the entire body language picture that we as individuals would use ..."
Susan Kastner, Director, Greenville Chapter at Christy Ruppert Delseni Autism Program