Creativity Through Connection offers one to one drama and art sessions for children with autism and other related special needs in their own home. It is also suitable for children, without additional needs, who might benefit from, enjoy or prefer the one to one nature of the classes.
The sessions combine drama and art techniques and approaches and are designed to be playful, engaging and a lot of fun. The aim is to build confidence, encourage self expression, stimulate imagination and develop creativity in a practical, supportive and structured way.
Every child is born creative and when that creativity is nurtured and acknowledged it can bring great joy, self esteem and a feeling of greater connection to oneself and others. The creative arts help children learn more about themselves and make sense of the world around them. They also teach many practical and life skills that can invaluable to their development and well-being.
About me – Carol Walsh, Founder.
I am a theatre maker, performer and drama facilitator. I also have extensive experience working with children on the autistic spectrum. Creativity Through Connection was born out of a desire to combine all my training and experience to date and help children express their creative potential. I am passionate about finding different ways of connecting with the children I work with; exploring how to enter their world and developing fun, imaginative and practical sessions that reflect this.
I have over 15 years experience leading drama workshops & creating theatre with children, young people and adults in various settings. Previous employers include Youth Theatre Ireland; Dublin Youth Theatre; Dyspraxia Ireland, the Vocational Education Committee and various schools and youth groups. In 2016, in collaboration with Púca Puppets, I was awarded a Performing Arts Award from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to research how to create a new piece of theatre that was inclusive of children on the autistic spectrum and/ or those with a learning disability. The project was mentored by Tim Webb of Oily Cart, an internationally renowned theatre company specialising in creating performances for early years audiences, children with autism and/or those with learning disabilities.
I trained in drama facilitation with Artstrain, Youth Theatre Ireland’s drama facilitation programme and in physical theatre from The London International School of Performing Arts. I also hold a BA in English and Anthropology from NUI, Maynooth.