ACHF Arts Education
Over 80 youth with autism spectrum disorders in three cities will participate in Z Puppets’ sensory-friendly performances and workshops. Event surveys will track the number of participants at each event identifying as having Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the level of participation and engagement, and the extent to which we addressed any barriers to access. 2: At least 85% of workshop participants will create and perform puppetry and music and demonstrate an understanding of creative tools to address stress. Parent surveys before and after each workshop series will articulate specific individualized goals for each learner, and measure the degree to which those goals were addressed through the arts.
There were 34 youth workshop participants and roughly 95 youth audience members cumulatively, from three cities. Total youth participation was 129. Though participation was available at no cost to participants in the workshops, the Autism Society did oversee a registration process to track the number of participants in all four programs. These numbers are also reflected in the n values of the comprehensive evaluation report. Audience members also registered ahead of time or at the door, and rough counts were taken of youth and adult guests. 2: Based on data collection for evaluation purposes, the MMP workshops for families living with autism were successful in reaching intended Outcome 2. Physical participation in puppetry and music was tracked by video as well as artist feedback. Demonstration of emotional regulation in arts was captured more creatively. Parents of participants were surveyed pre- and post-workshop, and were asked to what extent the workshops helped with day-to-day stress. Also, data was collected to show growth in the six targeted habits of mind, related to persistence, impulse control, empathy, flexibility and sensory management. Detailed report attached.
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