MPowered Kids puts children who tend to be more comfortable in
the background center stage.
The nonprofit organization offers theater arts for children in
first grade through high school with social and communications
disorders such as social anxiety disorder, autism, Asperger's,
pervasive developmental disorder and integration dysfunction
The program caters to a demographic of kids with special needs
who are otherwise overlooked: children who are neither low nor high
"There are no programs out there for kids in the gray areas,"
says Lara Gold, founder and president of MPowered Kids. "Kids
within the gray areas are lost in the shuffle. There is a need for
Professional drama and voice coaches assist the kids in
developing songs, scripts and dances. The program instills
communication and social skills using a staff ranging from social
workers to speech and language pathologists.
MPowered Kids focuses on a child's abilities, not their
limitations. One of the main goals is to raise confidence, she
As a former special education teacher, Gold has seen many kids
with amazing talents. "The children are free to be themselves,"
Gold says. "The program brings out their general best."
For information on fall and winter sessions, go online at www.mpoweredkids.org.
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