Friday, June 29, 2012

Annual Talent Show

Kaelyn Koffer, 13,  plays the guitar in the Show after only eight lessons.
It is one of the best events of the year - the annual Talent Show.  This year ASRC had fourteen acts, displaying the talents of those on the autism spectrum and some family members.  Acts included dancing and singing, playing piano, keyboard, or guitar, showing off artwork, a puppet show, a balancing act, Tae Kwon Do, and reciting the 50 States in alphabetical order.

In addition to performing on stage, the kids had the opportunity to bring in items that showed off their accomplishments.  Some brought in trophies from dance recitals, ribbons from swim meets, or Lego creations.  One very telling item was a single submission of an AB Honor Roll Medal.  It was the first time the child made the honor roll and everyone was very proud.

"It is so great to see these kids get up on stage in front of their friends and show us something they are proud of," said Doreen Lund of ASRC.  "Many of them won't participate in their school's talent show, but they feel comfortable here."

As great as the kids were as performers, they were also a wonderful audience.  They had to wait their turn, cheer for the other performers, and not laugh if someone made a mistake.  These skills are difficult for all children, but especially hard for those on the autism spectrum.  All of the performers received a flower at the completion of their act.

Parent volunteer, Marcia Mickelson, reserved and set up the show.  The audience consisted of families of the performers and several others from the public.  After the show, the families were treated to snacks and a slideshow of past ASRC events.  The idea for the Talent Show came from Mickelson's young son, and has become a very treasured event.