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1473 Keynote Presentation: "Autism on Stage"

Wednesday, July 22, 2009: 9:00 AM
St. Charles Ballroom V (Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center)
What makes theater, storytelling and improvisation such great ways to teach and learn social thinking, flexibility and self-advocacy? Our keynote presenters will open the day with a demonstration of the power, magic and fun of improvisation and collaborative storytelling, using both audience participation and examples from their own collaboration designing "Adventure Game Theater" programs for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D.
Valerie Paradiz, LLC
Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D., develops programs for individuals with ASDs, including the pioneering ASPIE School. She is the creator of the Integrated Self Advocacy (ISA) curriculum and teaching model, and the author of Elijah's Cup.

Liz Nickrenz, PhD. Candidate
University of Chicago

Howard Moody
Howard Moody directs two consulting organizations that offer workshops on play, wellness, personal growth, and teambuilding. He is the co-creator of the Adventure Game Theatre, a series of improvisation and play-based workshops for teens that has been featured on PBS and NPR. In recent years, Howard has adapted this dramatic arts model with colleagues to support students on the autism spectrum. For more information, visit and