Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts with Ryan Hourigan
Monday, March 20th and Tuesday, March 21st | 5-7:30pm
Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts: Implications for Inclusive Arts Classrooms
with Ryan Hourigan
March 20 | 1024 Elysian Fields Ave. | 5pm-7:30pm | For all K-12 educators
March 21 | Loyola’s School of Music: Roussel Hall | 5pm-7:30pm | For all educators, geared toward music education
Light supper served at 4:30pm, session begins at 5.
Many teachers have noticed an increase in the number of students on the autism spectrum included in their classrooms. The arts provide a terrific pathway to reach and teach these students. In addition to exploring questions about the science of autism and how it affects people, this session will provide strategies to help students with autism learn and experience the arts. Ryan Hourigan, Associate Director of the School of Music at Ball State University will discuss how the arts help improve communication, support cognitive and memory strengthening, and promote positive emotional behavior and socialization. Sensory challenges and practical classroom adaptations for working with students with autism in music, art, theater, and dance classrooms will be shared. The presentation includes discussion, video examples and arts strategies. This session is not a participatory workshop; it is designed as a lecture and discussion session.
Ryan Hourigan, 2010 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Music Educator of the Year, joined the faculty at Ball State University in the fall of 2006 after nine years of teaching instrumental and vocal music at the secondary and university level. Dr. Hourigan holds a B.M. from Eastern Illinois University, M.M. in wind conducting from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in music education from the University of Michigan. He currently teaches music education and is the associate director of the School of Music at Ball State University. Dr. Hourigan is the co-author of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach.