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Their Voice: Two Upcoming opportunities

By Monica Villar - Their Voice | Nov 20, 2021


Monica Villar

There are two upcoming opportunities for individuals and families that I wanted to announce. First, thanks to the generosity of the Utah Metropolitan Ballet, individuals with autism and other disabilities and their families have access to a free night at the ballet featuring The Nutcracker. This performance is Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Covey Center for the Arts.

“The Free performance for Families Affected by Autism is by far Utah Metropolitan Ballet’s favorite outreach program. The dancers have expressed that when they hear the excited outbursts of the children during these special performances, it energizes them, causing a more elevated performance. They love this heartfelt interaction with the audience. We have had hundreds of messages and cards from parents and children, who have never been able to come to a professional live performance as a family, expressing their profound appreciation for the beautiful experience they were able to have together. Each year we realize more and more the vital role that this live art form plays in the overall health and well-being of our community.”

This is one of those unique opportunities for families to share the wonderful experience of The Nutcracker without worry. Tickets are available on the Utah Metropolitan Ballet website. These performances usually fill up fast so I encourage you to reserve your tickets now.

The other upcoming event is sponsored by the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University. The event is a practical and informative workshop by expert, friend and colleague, Dr. Greg Hanley. The title of the presentation is “Understanding and Addressing Sleep Problems in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

In the workshop, Dr. Hanley will, “discuss a process for understanding and addressing sleep problems, such as taking too long to fall asleep, waking frequently at night, sleeping for only short durations each night and expressing reluctance to go to bed or sleep independently.”

The sleep workshop is encouraged for both professionals and parents and offers 3 BCBA CEU’s. The cost is $50 for professionals and $40 for parents. The event will be held at the Ragan Theater at UVU on Jan. 25, 2022, from 1-4 p.m. Registration can be done online.


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