The Spotlight Program is an innovative drama-based social pragmatics program for students with Asperger's, High Functioning Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and more.
The idea for Spotlight came out of the realization that there exists a segment of the high-functioning Asperger’s population who do not necessarily respond to traditional methods of social pragmatic intervention due to motivational differences and greater functional awareness. As such, the Spotlight Program Director and Northeast Arc Autism Services Clinical Director worked to create a program that could meet the needs of this population by teaching social pragmatics, social cueing, and relationship development while still being motivating and affectively engaging.
Our groups follow a semi-structured schedule which focuses on utilizing improvisation games to teach and reinforce a variety of social pragmatic skills. These games also assist in building relationships between participants and staff members, which are in turn used to facilitate peer-to-peer relationship building. In addition, we include participants’ special interests and a highly structured video game component, both of which function as age-appropriate motivators and teaching tools for group members. A minimum ratio of one counselor for every three participants will be maintained.
Our summer program also includes the opportunity for each group of participants to create, write and perform in a short film which will premiere for family at friends on the last day of the program. More typical recreational activities such as outdoor noncompetitive games, swimming and field trips are also included in the curriculum.