This innovative program helps children with communication disorders and special needs improve their communication abilities through musical theatre. Fun, creative games and exercises help students learn to use their bodies and voices to convey emotion, using intelligible speech and varying pitch. The program is led by experienced musical theatre instructors in consultation with professionals in speech-language pathology.
Each session culminates in a final performance for friends and family!
CLASS 1: 9:00-9:45 AM
CLASS 2: 10:00-10:45 AM
Broadway Connections was created in 2009 by CCTA and the Loyola University of Maryland’s Clinical Center to serve youth and teens ages 11-19 with disorders of social communication; including Down Syndrome, Autism, and Autism Spectrum disorders, among others. The goal of the program is to assist participants in furthering their social communication skills within the context of a musical theatre program, enlisting the support of specialists in speech pathology, special education, music, and theatre. Peer volunteers participate as fellow actors, modeling behaviors and interactions for participants. In 2010, Expanding Horizons joined forces with a third partner, the Howard County Public School System, working with special needs teens in the county’s high schools under a grant from the Horizon Foundation.
Broadway Connections is currently represented with programs at Glenelg High School, under the direction of Kassidy Sharp, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Baltimore, under the instruction of Gerald Jordan and Kim Bryant.