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dc.contributor.authorParrish, Jennifer L.
dc.contributor.authorSherman, Michelle L.
dc.contributor.authorFletcher, Tina
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-04T21:17:48Z
dc.date.available2018-04-04T21:17:48Z
dc.date.issued2017-09
dc.identifier.issn1541-3144
dc.identifier.issn0194-2638
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11274/9485
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1080/01942638.2017.1368056
dc.description.abstractAim: Increasing usage of cultural arts venues by children with special needs has created a need to optimize participation planning. A team of three occupational therapy graduate students and one faculty researcher was invited to provide a local children’s theater staff with training for supporting children with special needs. The team aimed to determine how their collaboration with the theater could contribute to understandings of best practices in community participation planning. Method: The team participated in theater events, conducted a facility assessment, interviewed staff members with varying role responsibilities, and surveyed staff before and after conducting a participationplanning workshop. Results: The collaborative approach to participation planning utilized strategies that provided practical applications for theater staff, including planning for sensory processing and regulation challenges, and providing staff with behavior management and communication tips for interacting with children. Conclusion: Through training, staff participation planning evolved from reacting to present-day problems to proactively planning for future initiatives. Staff expressed desires to have some of their own members become in-house experts for participation planning, allowing others to pursue the theater’s mission: providing live children’s theater performances and programs. *This article was published with the assistance of the Texas Woman's University Libraries Open Access Fund. The original article can be found at: https://doi.org/10.1080/01942638.2017.1368056en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherPhysical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatricsen_US
dc.subjectCommunitiesen_US
dc.subjectcultural artsen_US
dc.subjectfieldtripsen_US
dc.subjectlive theateren_US
dc.subjectoccupational therapyen_US
dc.subjectparticipationen_US
dc.titleExploring How Live Theaters Promote Participation for Children with Special Needsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.rights.licenseThis is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. You are not required to obtain permission to reuse this article in part or whole.


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