ACTS Jr. (Acting Creates Therapeutic Success) is a unique, creative program designed to integrate children ages 7-17 with and without disabilities together through the use of performing arts. Led by occupational therapists, occupational therapy students, and youth volunteers from the community, this program is unique to Arkansas. ACTS Jr. has touched the lives of numerous children and families in Central Arkansas since 2005.

The system utilized in ACTS Jr. is progressive in nature, and focuses on the process rather than the product of creating a dramatic performance. It allows the performers to build on previously learned skills, while also gaining new ones. Sessions occur one time per week, and culminate in child-driven performances held in the fall and spring, highlighting their creativity and hard work.

ACTS Jr. aims to increase:

  • Social skill development
  • Teamwork
  • Self-confidence
  • Motor planning
  • Adaptation
  • Sensory processing and organization
  • Cognitive skills

The ACTS Jr. Program provides children and adolescents the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a positive extracurricular activity with other children.
  • Have access to the performing arts.
  • Develop skills important for daily life.
  • Experience new learning and growth.
  • Enjoy the ability to succeed and experience pride in the process and overall outcome.
  • Work together with others to achieve results.
  • Reach their maximum potential by fostering a sense of independence and confidence in their abilities.

 

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“Our hope is that the ACTS Jr. program will reach out to children of all abilities and provide a creative means of learning and growing through the use of the performing arts. Each child that has been involved in the program has unique talents and abilities that have shined through to their families, peers, the audience, and most importantly to themselves. We feel blessed to be able to direct this program and build relationships with the wonderful children and adolescents of our community.”

– Lynne Hollaway and Krista Tapp

2020 ACTS JR. SCHEDULES

ATTENTION: Due to COVID-19, all ACTS Jr. programs will look different this fall semester. Each city location has different guidelines, ages, limit of participants!! After signing up you must receive a confirmation email saying you are able to attend.

Conway | Second Baptist Church (ages 14-17 only)
Monday | Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2
4-5pm | NO FINAL PERFORMANCE

Lynne Hollaway       Madeline Schmidt         Leiken Morgan                         

Russellville | Train Depot Park (320 West C St. 72801)
Monday | Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19
4-5pm | final performance Oct. 19 from 4-7pm
  
Wade Ivy                                       Rachel Abreu

Little Rock | Pediatrics Plus – outside (ages 12-18 only)
Monday | Sept 28, Oct 5, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9
5-6pm | final performance TBA
 
Chris Berry                                  Markii Landry

 

Register for this fall semester HERE. (THERE IS A LIMITED NUMBER DUE TO COVID)

*ACTS Jr. is usually open to all children of all abilities ages 7 – 17 but some programs have had to adjust this age range due to COVID-19.

 

Interested in volunteering?

We use volunteers for ACTS Jr. (as well as all Community Connections programs)! If you are interested in serving as a buddy for a child, please complete our volunteer registration from by clicking HERE.

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