Drama Kings and Queens (DKQ) is a program dedicated to enhancing the language and pragmatic skills of students with special needs. We’ve offered DKQ since 2005 and it’s grown from a weekly elective in our summer speech program to now an annual summer drama program and weekly social skills program. The mission of this intensive program is to expose children to the diverse world of theatre in a nurturing and safe environment while honoring and exalting the unique and often times overlooked talents of children with special needs.
The ideal participant in DKQ is able to effectively communicate with others through verbal or non-verbal means and is able to follow directions given by adults and peers. This program is for students ages 5-15.
DKQ is led by speech-language pathologist Ashley Wiley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, who received her BFA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MA in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from San Jose State University, and Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She has dedicated her career to combining the arts with speech therapy to increase the abilities of children with special needs. She has presented this program at various national conventions and has taught DKQ here at Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center since 2005. Her special interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Spanish Bilingual Therapy, and Down Syndrome.
Click here for a special tour of our facility provided by our drama participants and produced by the son of Dunia Elvir, Wiley Center Board of Directors member.
DKQ Drama Summer Program
DKQ Summer Program is a 6 week long summer program where students work on developing communication skills, social pragmatic skills, and acting abilities through creating an amazing musical performance in a professional theatre at the end of the program. Each day participants are exposed to acting, dancing, singing, set creation and costume design. Program schedule includes a weekly field trip that corresponds with themes. Field trips previous years include personal meet and greet and tour at CBS studios, UCLA School of Theatre visit, Universal Studios, and Los Angeles Orchestra Festival. This program is designed to develop and/or increase language abilities, social interaction skills, general awareness and self confidence. While all students are considered, ideal participants have some established communication system, able to follow instruction and have minimal maladaptive behaviors.
2020 DKQ summer program will take place from June 22- July 31. Please be advised, all campers must be available to participate in the musical. This year’s Mandatory Audition Day will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4pm. Please contact Dr. Ashley or Angela for more information regarding this program. Space is limited and considerations will be made on a first come first serve basis.