Autism workshop scheduled
June 12, 2013 10:55 AM

Teaching the Arts to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a workshop for music, art, theater, dance and media arts educators, classroom teachers and teaching artists will be held June 20 at the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center, 142 Kerr Road, Ford City. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop offers a standards-based, professional development training for educators and teaching artists to improve their skills when teaching the arts to students with ASD pre-K through grade 12.

It will include an overview of characteristics of autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other pervasive developmental disabilities, strategies for using Universal Design for Learning to allow greater access to the curriculum for children with ASD, strategies for behavior management, and best practices in assessment.

The co-presenters for the workshop will be William Pearce and Ermyn King. Pearce is well-known to Indiana residents as a music educator at Purchase Line High School with 35 years of teaching experience.

Less known are his years of experience throughout the region and state as a specialist on Inclusion, Universal Design for Learning, and Accommodations in the Arts; his eight-year appointment as chairman of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Music for Special Learners committee; and a seven-year stint as accommodations specialist for the Governor’s Institute for Arts Educators.


King, in addition to having been a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts teaching artist with expertise in creating Universal Learning environments inclusive of individuals with disabilities, is a nationally recognized arts educator, workshop leader for the Arts in Special Education Project of Pennsylvania, and has been an arts program specialist at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

She currently serves as the Creative Arts program coordinator at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Act 48 credit will be available.

Cost for the conference is $25 per person and includes the all-day workshop, breakfast and lunch.

Registration is required. For more information or to have registration material sent, contact ArtsPath at (724) 357-2787, or email Jeff Wacker, ArtsPath associate director for Arts-in-Education Services, at jwacker@

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