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Unlocking Potential: Using the power of poetry for educators

August 7, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

poetry and autism

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

For Educators

Poetry plays directly to the strengths and challenges many students with autism face with literacy. It provides needed structure while opening an avenue for deep, singular focus. Through fun and interactive exercises that fit seamlessly into the general education language arts curriculum you will unlock the literary potential of your students with autism. These writing exercises work for all students, but are especially powerful for those living with autism, as they use special interests to give a voice to all learners, even those who are “nonverbal.”

Join us for this innovative five-day camp that trains educators to use the power of poetry to benefit all students! Educators will receive 2 hours of group training with half an hour of hands-on implementation of what they’ve learned with students with autism every day. Provided through an Arts Learning grant through the MN State Arts Board. 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 an sharing their professional writing with students. We are thrilled to partner with an organization that re-envisions how writers connect with local communities.

Register here!

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
1:30 pm - 3:30 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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