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The Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center offers an interactive puppet workshop designed to foster understanding and acceptance of individual differences (specifically autism spectrum and related disorders) among elementary-aged school children. The workshop uses the KidSpeak Curriculum which is compatible with the Common Core Curriculum for first and third grades. The workshop is approximately 30 minutes long and is followed by a question and answer period.

At the conclusion of the workshop, a one-page worksheet providing information on autism spectrum disorders as well as an age-appropriate activity is left for the children to help teachers reinforce the messages of the workshop. In addition, there is a curriculum consisting of 12 group activities that can be provided for teachers with classes that have already participated in the workshop.

Who is the target audience?

The target audience is children ages 6-9 years (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd) in group settings. Because the workshop is designed to be an interactive experience between the children and the puppets (and puppeteers), this program is most successfully presented to groups of no more than 60 at one time, though groups of 30-40 are ideal.

It is best to inform the presenters if there is a child with an autism spectrum disorder in the audience, so that appropriate adaptations may be made. It is also advisable to inform the children’s parents of the workshop.

The workshop can be successfully adapted for adult audiences, such as, foster grandparents, teaching assistants, retail staff, etc.

Who are the staff?

The workshop presenters are professionals  from the Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation Center representing the disciplines of: school psychology, special education, speech language pathology and occupational therapy.

What is the cost?

The KidSpeak Pupper Workshop about autism is a free community program since 2006.

For more information:

Contact Mary Ellen Annesi at (315) 472-4404 X 318 or email

215 Bassett Street Syracuse, NY 13210 P: 315 472-4404 F: 315 478-2337
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