Velvi and playworx are partnering to provide a four day residential festival for families with children on the spectrum. The ‘Arts For Autism Festival’ will commence on the 26th of January 2017, and will be presented for the first time in Australia at the Brahma Kumaris Centre in Leura NSW.
The aim of this years festival is to encourage engagement and communication with children on the spectrum through drama, movement and art.
Ongoing research supports the benefits of ‘the arts’ in improving connection, social skills, brain development and function in people with autism.
International teacher of drama for autism, and ‘Velvi’ founder, Dr Ramamoorthi will present to families and professionals, the power of drama and play to promote communication and engagement with children on the spectrum. Dr Ramamoorthi currently runs the ‘Arts For Autism Festival’ annually in India, and has done so for the past nine years. The video ‘how a theatre tool can unmask autism‘ is just one example of Dr Ramamoorthi’s amazing work.
This year’s festival will involve workshops in drama, circus, music, art and digital storytelling. All workshops are facilitated by dedicated practitioners with experience in the arts, and working with children with special needs.
Accomodation, meals, and workshops are included in the price, and a 25% deposit is required by November 2016 to secure your place.
The cost is $400 per person. However, opportunities do exist for fee subsidies for disadvantaged families upon application. Only 20 children’s places are available.
Professionals wishing to develop their skills further in this area are also encouraged to attend the workshops at a cost of $200 dollars per day, which includes lunch.
For further information, and to make a booking please contact Mel on 0415381379.