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Unlocking Potential: Using the power of poetry and autism

August 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

poetry and autism

A truly unique offering for students living with autism and the professionals who serve them!

Poetry plays directly to the strengths and challenges many students with autism experience with literacy. It provides just the right amount of structure while opening an avenue for deep, singular focus. Through fun and interactive exercises your writing potential will be unlocked. These activities use the power of your special interests to give you a voice and creative outlet.

Join us for this innovative five-day course where you will explore the power of poetry and songwriting. In just five days your special interests will fuel literary works of art that will be published. This book will be for sale at a poetry reading where you will present your creative work and unique perspective to the community. Provided through an Arts Learning grant through the MN State Arts Board.

This camp is designed for ages 10-16 but all ages will be considered. Please contact CEA with any questions. All abilities are welcome, as are PCA’s or parents who wish to assist their child in full engagement in the camp. CEU’s are available from the Center for Engaging Autism.

Visiting poets – Steve Healey, Sagirah Shahid, and Roy Guzmán – from Coffee House Press: In the Stacks will be attending these classes and sharing their professional writing with students. We are thrilled to partner with an organization that re-envisions how writers connect with local communities.

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Course taught by:

Chris Martin has worked with unconventional students, students with autism and twice-exceptional students for over a decade, specializing in creative writing and executive function. He teaches at The Loft Literary Center and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College in 2016. With Brian Laidlaw he co-founded Unrestricted Interest, a writing program dedicated to transforming the lives of students with autism and other unconventional learners through poetry.

Brian Laidlaw, MFA, taught at McNally Smith College of Music and has worked with many special needs students as a private tutor.  He tours the libraries of America, performing his songs and offering free songwriting workshops for musicians of all ages and abilities.


August 7, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Arete Academy of Exceptional Education
4330 Cedar Lake Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55416 United States
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