We supported a strategic partnership between QSAC and Stages on the Sound, a New York City theater education nonprofit. Our pilot program tested the academic impact of theater education on children with autism.
QSAC is an innovator in methodologies, best practices, and technology solutions for both children and adults with autism in New York City. After reading nascent research on the use of the dramatic arts to improve literacy outcomes for children with autism, QSAC partnered with Stages on the Sound to develop a 46-week pilot. The pilot shifted Stages’ typical teaching arts program to align with students on the spectrum; the curriculum pulled from Stages’ background in theater education and QSAC’s background in autism and application behavioral analysis.
This pilot showed that theater education can have a substantial impact on the academic learning outcomes of autistic children.