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Join us any time this fall!

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A few of our teens players.

Hello again to our Shenanigans families, friends, and supporters! We're rolling with our fall classes! We have good times going in Alpharetta (Windward), Decatur, Buckhead, Marietta, and Woodstock. Some of our other classes are still awaiting enrollment to get going, so please check out our fall schedule to make your selection. The great thing about improv is we don't cast roles and there are no scripts. So you can jump in any time, have a blast, and still benefit fully from the activity!

We're hiring for class assistants and instructors! Details are below, and feel free to pass the word along to anyone who might be interested.

We're excited about bringing Shenanigans to the Korean special needs community through the Dowa Group in late October! There will be an ad and write-up in the Korean News announcing our first class in the Buford Hwy corridor.

We're also excited to introduce Improv Drumming to our schedule for some rhythmic fun while we work on communication skills. The best way to show you what these drum classes are all about is to invite you to try them out. Look for some promotional events this month in NE Cobb at Chestnut Ridge Christian Church and Woodstock at Elm Street Arts Center to give you a first hand experience. We'll be supplying neighboring elementary schools with flyers.

Our new scholarship fund is hard at work! We've been able to award five scholarships for the fall. Remember, the need is ongoing for scholarships as well as general programs funding to help keep Shenanigans vital and growing. Please consider using our donation button on our web site. We appreciate your generosity!

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Sandy Bruce, Founder & Executive Director
Spectrum Arts, Inc. ("Shenanigans")

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Here's our Fall Schedule!

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Calling all tweens, teens, and adults! Learn, make friends, and have fun in one of our improv acting or improv drumming classes! Click here to download our PDF schedule, and call 770.354.5770 if you have any questions or want to register. (Class fees will be pro-rated based on the number of classes left in the fall series.)

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Some fun with our rules!

These are important rules for our improv classes, and we refer to them often.

We want to support appropriate behaviors and allow our teens to self-advocate, so at the beginning of one of our teens classes, we decided to let the kids write their own rules for the day while I wrote them on the white board. Some of our actors added a couple more of their own, and the "Not the MAMA!" one really gave us a smile. For many of our actors, "being told what to do" is difficult for them, and one expressed his opinion of our rules by letting us know we were "not the mama" to enforce these.

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"As an adult on the spectrum it is hard to find services to fit my needs. The Shenanigans classes fit me perfectly. I have made so many friends and have also been given the opportunity to help with the teenage camps. My social skills have blossomed since joining the group and love the having the chance to help spread the word to others about the good of the program." L.E.

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We are hiring!

Become part of the Shenanigans team! We want to expand our program around Atlanta metro to bring the joy of performing to more of the autism community while helping them develop cognitive flexibility and social communication skills. We also work to increase awareness and acceptance by welcoming neurotypical participants to our activities and - in the works - developing community-facing performances. To do this, we need to bring on additional team members who can support our mission enthusiastically. We have active weekly classes going and we are forming additional classes and school break workshops. And it's not too early to think ahead to summer camp gigs! Contact Sandy for details on any of these positions.

Class assistant: We need people who have a background in special education or other special needs experience (specifically autism and related disorders), and are energetic, patient, upbeat, and capable of helping our class directors make the Shenanigans experience a fun one for all. Ideal for parapros, stay at home parents, and college and graduate level students in spec ed, theater, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, and similar fields. Reliable transportation is a must.

Class director: Our instructor team is top notch, and we're looking to add more top notch people. Must have enthusiasm and energy along with experience in, or an aptitude for, acting and performance theatre. You must have a passion for working with children, teens, or adults with special needs (especially those with Asperger's and related conditions), and be able to successfully reach and engage our participants.

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When we wish upon a star...

Volunteers: We always need enthusiastic volunteers to help out in our classes. It's a fun gig - the class director does the work and you just have fun and provide some support to our class members. This is a great service opportunity for high schoolers and college students as well as adults.

Class space: Our Shenanigans team is growing, so we can take our program into more and more neighborhoods in metro Atlanta and outlying areas. If you know of a location we could check out, please contact me. Right now we're looking in the Lilburn/Snellville/Sugarloaf Pkwy area, south and west Cobb/Dallas, and I-575 corridor.

Donations: We have a scholarship fund for those individuals who need a little extra help to be able to attend our activities, and this fund constantly needs to be fed. This fall, our scholarships made a difference to five actors! Sometimes we start a class with fewer participants than we need to break even on expenses like insurances, rents, instructor fees, and the many other operating and overhead costs of business. Your donation helps us keep these classes going until they grow to a sustainable level. There's a Donate button on our web site - and every little bit of generosity helps!

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__"Our Aspie grandson has been going to weekly classes for two years and also attended last summer's puppetry camp. He has learned rules and lessons that are appropriate for improv and for life."_ I.B.

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Resources as close as your mouse!

The Special Guide - an Angie's List of businesses and services for special needs. A go-to source of therapists, schools, doctors, and other businesses for parents looking to find the best opportunities for their child. Filled with reviews and opinions, and you can also contribute your own reviews of services you have experienced!

Spirit of Autism is an uplifting blog and resource for parents who live with autism, professionals who work with spectrum individuals, and emergency responders who may encounter those who are affected by autism. Workshops include information on Fitness & Nutrition, sensory tools, coping strategies, autism safety, and emotional support.

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