Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
The SEPTA Gifted and Talented division is proudly starting the fourth season of the popular public speaking workshop. This year, in addition to the regular program for general education and gifted/talented students, an adaptive public speaking workshop program is also being offered. The programs are five weeks long, starting Wednesday, Feb. 27 and running to March 27. These free workshops are designed for younger children in third through eighth grades. The adaptive public speaking workshops is held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., and the regular workshop is held from 5 to 6 p.m. These programs, which take place in the Manhasset Library, are open to all children from the North Shore and Long Island.
Many parents of special needs students have brought the issue of speaking in public, even to a small group of friends to SEPTA as a real concern. The fear of speaking up, the body language and lack of confidence in these group and social settings are issues for many school aged and middle school children. “This pilot of the adaptive public speaking workshop was created to address these specific concerns,” Fu stated.
Both programs are taught by a public speaking coach who is also a performer in Manhattan. The teacher adds to the program many key elements like interacting with members in the audience, body language, voice projection, and creating a dynamic and commanding presence when speaking in front of a group. Participants leave the five-week program with confidence as they lose their fear of presenting in public though fun and entertaining exercises in each of the hour-long classes.