Creative Social Arts Program



The Acting Workshop is a 14 week therapy group program for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Acting requires abilities that are particularly difficult for those with ASD, namely: observing, interpreting, and portraying emotions by using facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice.  Through AFC's Acting and Improvisation Workshops, many of our clients demonstrate significant growth in these communication abilities.  Acting Workshops also assist clients with anxiety reduction and in social skill development.  

The Acting Workshop program provides the full theatrical experience for the clients, including: learning the fundamentals of acting and performing, engaging in creative theater exercises and games, memorizing lines and rehearsing a play, and performing an actual play at a community theater.  Past performances have been held at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) building, Otterbein University, the Columbus Performing Arts Center, the Short North Stage, and MadLab Theatre.

Under the supervision of Dr. Amigo, the Creative Social Arts Program at Amigo Family Counseling is directed by Ashley Amigo.  As an undergraduate, Ashley attended Ohio Northern University for Musical Theater and Dance.  Under her leadership, the Acting Workshop program has been an integral and influential program at AFC for over 10 years.

The acting workshop targets these skills:

  • Compromise
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Perspective-Taking
  • Shared Attention
  • Self Awareness
  • Self Expression
  • Self Regulation
  • Adaptability
  • Spontaneity
  • Flexibility
  • Expressive, Nonverbal, & Reciprocal Communication
  • Pragmatic Language
  • Teamwork & Group Dynamics
  • Cooperation 



Amigo Family Counseling currently offers a program called Movement and Mindfulness with Madeleine.  Through this program, clients are able to engage in group or individual yoga and/or mindfulness classes for all experience levels. These classes are offered to improve the mental and physical health of our clients and also to improve:  

  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Fine motor skills
  • Positive coping skills
  • General awareness
  • Flexability
  • Social, verbal, and nonverbal interactions
  • Listening and attention skills
  • Sensory regulation
  • Awareness and comfort of personal and shared space conventions
  • Respiration, energy and vitality
  • Maintenance of a healthy immune system
  • Cardiovascular and circulatory health
  • Metabolic health
  • Weight reduction
  • Healthy sleep regulation
  • A healthy body image

About the instructor:  Madeleine Whitley’s yoga practice began in the winter of 2015 when she was traveling through Southeast Asia and stumbled upon a yoga retreat. She immediately fell in love with the connection between the breath, mind, body, and soul, and purchased an unlimited monthly pass at a local studio when she arrived back in Columbus, Ohio; her hometown. Fast forward to the present, Madeleine has completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga on High, is a member of Yoga Alliance, and plans on continuing her yogic education with further teacher training to better serve specialized populations. She has synchronized her yoga practice with her love for holistic health and wellness and has a passion for veganism, cooking, and traveling. Under the supervision of Dr. Emilio Amigo, Madeleine strives to teach dynamic and accessible classes that include mindfulness and body awareness and leave clients feeling empowered, vibrant, and calm.