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 camp to now an annual summer drama camp 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, PhD, 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 PhD 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. Dr. Wiley works closely with her mother, Dr. Pamela Wiley, in leading the L.A. Speech and Language Therapy Center and its various programs. 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 campers and produced by the son of Dunia Elvir, Wiley Center Board of Directors member.
DKQ Social Skills
DKQ social skills is a weekly 2 hour long program that focuses on improved social pragmatic skills. Students work in small group settings to role play, develop skills steps, practice skill steps and performing for peers on a series of predefined units. Students are exposed to acting, movement, and vocal coaching on a weekly basis by a diverse staff (i.e. speech pathologists, singers, dancers).
Please call to find out more information and to schedule a screening with a staff member. Participants demonstrate increases in social greetings, conversations, eye contact and more.
|When:||Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 pm
5:15-5:30 pm Mandatory Parent Meeting
|Where:||5761 Buckingham Parkway Culver City, CA. 90230|
|Ages:||4 – Adolescents|
Our program is vendored by the Westside Regional Center and may also be funded by the school districts if your child’s IEP identifies social language or pragmatics as an objective AND provides for 2 hours/week. We also accept private clients for this program.