Hocus Focus magic therapies for all ages and abilities. You are never too old to learn new tricks!
Helps to build social skills, attention and focus, and self-esteem.
New workshops starting every month, but places fill quickly so book your place soon!
Workshop numbers are kept to a minimum to ensure that every participant gets the attention they deserve and feel safe & supported.
Workshops run once a week for 12 weeks, culminating in a show for family and friends performed by our workshop members. Individuals, family members and small social groups are welcome.
Hocus Focus Curriculum
The Hocus Focus curriculum is a student-centered, multidisciplinary, arts-themed teaching approach that incorporates magic tricks into the learning process. The curriculum utilises a holistic philosophy essential to effective educational experiences that are generalisable for children with disabilities. Each lesson is designed to provide opportunities for students to learn through modelling, coaching, and scaffolding while increasing the complexity of new tasks. Each of the tricks in the curriculum allow students to build on previously learned knowledge. As the tricks become increasingly more difficult, it expands opportunities for creative expression and progress.
Hocus Focus Analytics
The Hocus Focus Analytics Scale provides visual evidence to support student learning through arts-based activities. This cutting-edge, web-based application allows teachers to easily upload data and then provides visual evidence that students have made progress in five areas: cognition, motor skills, communication, and social skills while developing creative thinking. In a culture of standardized assessment that dictates funding for school programming, it is critical that the arts are recognized as being an effective instructional method that produces measurable learning outcomes. Hocus Focus Analytics does just that!
Researched, developed and created by Kevin Spencer.
About Kevin Spencer
Kevin Spencer is an educator, artist, consultant, and social entrepreneur. After more than 25 years as an award-winning touring artist, he now devotes his time to using the power of the arts to provide access and opportunity to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He has earned a M.Ed. in Arts & Interdisciplinary Academic Education and has a Certification in Autism Studies. In addition to working with arts professionals, he is faculty in the special education program at Carlow University (PA). He is also an authorized speaker for the U.S. State Department as a subject matter expert on arts integration for special populations.