This highly acclaimed Kids on the Block puppets are a troupe of life-sized puppets with and without disabilities designed to teach children to understand and accept differences in one another. They bring forth a very empowering message, “We all belong.” This educational program seeks to create an awareness that helps all children to realize their full potential and deal positively with their misconceptions and concerns.
Using the ancient form of Bunraku Japanese puppetry skills, the four-foot puppets come alive and share important information on seizures and epilepsy–the brain condition that 175,000 children (in Canada) live with every day. The puppeteers perform two delightful scripts followed by an interactive dialogue with Brian McDaniel, the puppet that has epilepsy. Brian shares his personal experiences with seizures and reduces the fear, stigma, teasing and bullying that often accompanies seizures. He empowers all children living with seizures or any physical or medical disorder to feel safe, accepted and supported in their school.
The Kids on the Block are proudly sponsored by The Terry Mahon Foundation.
There is no cost for your school. Once you book a performance, two professional performers will arrive at your school with all the gear, props, music and puppets. All performances are approximately one hour in length and are designed for children throughout the elementary grades.
During COVID-19 times, the Edmonton Epilepsy Association will offer online presentations of the Kids on the Block show upon request.
“This puppet presentation was excellent. You can’t improve-it was excellent!” Teacher at Rutherford School
“The puppet show was excellent! The class was captivated.” Teacher at Mee-Yah-Noh School
“The presentation has inspired the students to educate others about epilepsy. An awesome job!” Teacher at St Joseph School
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While we try to accommodate all requests, bookings are accepted on a first come basis.
“This puppet presentation was excellent. You can’t improve-it was excellent!”
Teacher at Rutherford School
“The puppet show was excellent! The class was captivated.”
Teacher at Mee-Yah-Noh School
“The presentation has inspired the students to educate others about epilepsy. An awesome job!”
Teacher at St Joseph School
KIDS ON THE BLOCK - TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT EPILEPSY ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME
On June 15th, The Edmonton Epilepsy Association will officially re-open its office doors at 11215 Groat Road NW in Edmonton, by appointment only.
To ensure the safety of our members, visitors, staff and volunteers we will schedule appointments upon request, by phone or via e-mail.
Only two (2) visitors will be allowed to be in the office at the same time.
All who come in will be asked to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.
Additional safety measures will be implemented before, during and after the visit as per provincial guidelines. Details will be provided once an appointment is confirmed.
We continue to offer online and phone-call support on a regular basis.
Thank you for your understanding during these exceptional times.
The EEA is looking for volunteers to help with several initiatives for the 2020 calendar year. Click here for more information.