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Lombard, Debra


Phone:        954-729-3555
Fax:            954-341-5731 attn: Scott Lombard (cover page a must)

Services Available:  Single Student Workshop, Single Teacher Workshop


Description of Services

Debra Lombard offers a series of student and teacher workshops. The student workshops provide therapeutic dramatic activities for student with disabilities. The dramatic activities assist students in developing cognitive, social- emotional, physical (gross and Fine motor Skills) while providing them a variety of enriching activities which allows for creative self expression. The program enhances verbal skills, improves movement, build self confidence and advances socialization while stimulating free thinking. Debra also conducts training workshops that train teachers on how to implement the dramatic activities described above into the classroom. The workshops are designed to teach theatre for individuals ages 2 to 20 and up with special needs. The program is designed to create personal growth by exploring all the life experiences theatre has to offer.

The educational goal is a residency program that will instruct participants and teachers during school and after-school. The program's goal is to teach theatre class to students ages 2 to 22 & up with special needs & for high school students volunteering for community service hours. The purpose of the class is to provide a safe environment during and after school hours while providing beneficial dramatic activities for participants with disabilities. The goals are to assist the student and the teacher on how to developing social and emotional skills. The course will teach stage direction, improvisation, character development along with the techniques for developing a script and learning lines. During the student and the instructor workshops, all will learn understanding of actors, directors, and how to apply this toward producing an end of the year performance. The course teaches free thinking skills to solve stages situations, all which are essential not only in the theater but in life. The class will also instruct volunteers/shadow to work with the students to create an environment of inclusion (total integration).The participates consist of children, teens, adults and seniors with disabilities and their teachers in separate workshops. The entire community is encouraged to be involved. Many of the community volunteers are high school students throughout Broward County earning community service hours needed to graduate.

The methods used to achieve the educational goal will be the use of fun exercises in keeping with the Sunshine State Standard. The class teaches a practical guide to enhance concentration, focus, movement, creativity and free thinking. The participants will be trained in the fundamentals of following directions on and offstage by use of various warm-ups that are employed to promote motor, verbal and memorization skills. The lesson on improvisation teaches the student to act out life situations and problem-solving techniques to use in everyday life. He or she is taught to express ideas, thoughts by the use of character development and scene analyzes. By developing an awareness of the theater’s behind-the-scene operations, the student gains more knowledge and appreciation by enhancing the technical understanding of theater production. The high school volunteer/shadow is taught to be responsible for the special needs student by being partners on stage. The shadow is taught to interact with the students by participating in all the class exercises which in turn teaches the lesson of inclusion. Using the perimeters of the theater, the class teaches life experience to the student and aids the teacher to enhance the classroom learning experience.

Progress is indicated by the completion of projects and the use of the dramatic activities use for the students with disabilities and the meeting of the objectives of each set of activities the special needs participant set by Debra Lombard. The indicators of progress will relate to the data obtained during exercises with surveys and questionnaires. A chart will be made for each student along with questionnaires/surveys that will be distributed to family members and care takers several times during the course. Please note that some of the students are in wheelchairs; the volunteers work together with these students to get them to their place. Some can point; others can speak where they stand. For the ones that cannot do either we look for acknowledgement, such as a smile.

The following is an indicator for the progress made during class:

  • Educational goals with cognitive, behavioral, and/or affective outcomes
  • Methods appropriate for achieving the stated outcomes
  • Measurable indicators of progress that are aligned with the stated outcomes
  • Methods to be used to collect the data related to the indicators of progress and the final outcomes 

Below is the survey questionnaire:

1) How do you see this class as an important program in our community?

2) What effects/changes have you noticed in your son/daughter/relative?

3) How do you feel this program promotes inclusion (positive nitration) in the community?

4) What special services/strategies in this program do you find unique and successful?

5) What issues/concerns do you feel need greater attention in order for this class to become a more effective program?

6) Do you think this class has played a significant role in your child's participation in the cultural community?

The assessment methods used will be that of systematic observation of the completion of activities, plays and evaluation. Overall performance will be measures twice a month for the annual outcome. The assessment will be geared towards independent functioning, physical development, language development, and social skill development. Younger students are assessed using specific assessment charts.


Grade Level:


Number of Participants:

Min. 10 - Max. 20


1+ classes at 1+ hour per class over 1+ weeks


English, all categories, developmental disabilities; Juvenile justice, at risk, seniors, shelter based, community-based, school-based, public housing, afterschool, summer.


TH.A.1.1, TH.A.1.4, TH.B.1.1






Phone:        954-729-3555
Fax:            954-341-5731 attn: Scott Lombard (cover page a must)




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