New program !
Drama behavioral class for children with ADHD or on the Autism spectrum
Drama is a great way for kids who are diagnosed with ADHD or Autism to practice social skills, emotional regulation and most important, theory of mind. Through role playing, teamwork and social interactions, these kids develop a broader emotional and social perspective of the world. Directed by Nathan Tsan, a BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) from Sunrise Behaviour Centre and Nelvin Law (Master of Teaching), an OCT certified drama teacher, this conjoint program is a powerful intergration of when drama meets therapy.
After an initial interview with the parents and the child, your child will be intergrated in a mix class with neuro-typical and neuro-divergent students, whose developmental stage are at a similar level. The goal of the integration is for students with ADHD/Autism to model behaviours from the neuro-typical students while being able to participate in regular drama activities such as script reading, partner acting, teamwork, collective creation, rehearsing a play and performance. At the end of the course, your child will be able to step on the stage and perform an entire play with all of the students while parents and friends come support them.
Even though we are the first in Toronto to make such a bold move, we hope that this program can change the ways neuro-divergent students see the world and the ways they behave.
Enroll into our Winter Drama Camp right now! (Jan 2, 3, 4, 5)
Our students are also on major Canadian TV networks!
WHO ARE WE?
No one is left behind
SMALL CLASS SIZE
All of our courses rehearse a play over the span of 20 weeks. They are trained on public speaking, body language and acting during the rehearsals. On top of that, we assign weekly video assignment which are based on 3 principles above. Successful students will receive a certificate of (completion/merit/distinction) at the end of the course.
Feedback is the most important step in learning. In NDA, you can be sure that students and parents will receive individual feedbacks on their acting, voice and movement experience.
Every course at NDA is guaranteed to provide students a weekly update on their growth. Students and parents will receive specific advices on how to get rid of a bad habit or to improve on a performance technique.
WHAT MAKES NDA DIFFERENT?
Not your regular just for fun theatre school... we have a training system.
Nelvin Drama Academy is a diverse kids drama school that uses drama and performance to train young kids their social competencies as well as performance skills in speaking, movement as well as acting.
We provide drama education specifically to new immigrants and kids who live and identify themselves in the marginalized community by giving them a chance to perform. Living in a foreign country and speaking a different language is often unnatural and could hugely affect a kid's self-esteem. Therefore, we use drama to help them develop positive self-esteem and to become a more confident person.
We believe that drama is a necessary stepping stone to a child's growing success while they come to term with themselves in their early development. Through understanding different lives that different characters live as well as re-enacting imaginary conversations , children (as actors) develop an open-mind where they start to see the world in different perspectives.
Besides social skills, drama is also a great tool to improve a kid's emotional quality (EQ) development. As kids collaborate in role-playing and drama activities with other kids, they learn how to control their emotions and behaviors and also to pick up social cues . Many of our students become a more confident and accepting person after encountering drama training.
Knowing how to perform on stage will help them to perform well in life.
WHY IS DRAMA IMPORTANT?
"...theatre is the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” ― Oscar Wilde
Every child must take drama, it is a stepping stone to a child's success. Drama is in itself a necessity to a child's personal growth. As drama is filled with imaginations and creativities, children are constantly exposed to new social environments to which they have to find their own ways to adapt. It is through these challenges, kids who learn drama will develop skills in communication, creative thinking, public speaking, socializing and leadership.
Knowing how to perform on stage will help them how to perform well in life.
WHO IS NELVIN?
Director at Nelvin Drama Academy
Nelvin Law is the Director at Nelvin Drama Academy and NDAgency. He graduated with a double major honor degree in Acting and French Studies at York University. For 2 years, he worked as a traffic and weather reporter at the local Fairchild Radio Station. He is also a Master graduate at OISE (U of T) and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. In the past years, he has directed theatre shows such as Alice in Wonderland (NDA) and co-directed Grinch The Musical (The Singing School). Recently, he has brought his drama program to local elementary schools such as Central Park Public School to promote drama and performance within YRDSB.
He also runs a youth talent agency called NDAgency, representing kid actors. His actors have appeared on CBC Kids, TVO Kids, Apple TV and short films.