Kids with Disabilities in the Spotlight (KiDS) Camps
Kids with Disabilities in the Spotlight (KiDS) camps are held each summer and on special occasions during the school year. KiDS camp is an opportunity for children with special needs to explore the performing arts while strengthening social skills. These camps are designed for children on the autism spectrum and/or with a cognitive or developmental disability. The camp session will be limited in size (maximum of 15 students) in order to provide each child the attention and instruction they require in order to succeed.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT is “KiDS” Camp and WHO is it for?
“KiDS” stands for “Kids with Disabilities in the Spotlight” and is catered specifically for children who are experiencing delays in social skills, communication and peer interactions due to a cognitive or developmental disability. The program incorporates theater games, props, music, and movement to help campers make friends, build confidence, express emotions, and use their imagination while developing social skills.
WHO is the Instructor?
Matthews Playhouse “KiDS” Camp was developed in 2022 and is led by Matthews Playhouse Board Member Amanda Mooney, M. Ed. Amanda is a special education teacher at St. Ann Catholic School who has been teaching children with special needs for over 20 years. She is also a familiar face in the Charlotte Theatre Community and a regular performer on the Matthew’s Playhouse stage. Amanda has been seen in multiple Matthews Playhouse productions including Scrooge! The Musical, Rainbow Fish, and Pinocchio.
What are the benefits to my child?
Multiple studies have linked theatre education to stronger communication skills, ability to follow directions, teamwork, organization and meaningful social interactions. Here are some resources that outline how the performing arts can benefit children with special needs.