About Bass Clef Bliss - Terrence's Path
Bass Clef Bliss - Terrence's Path, the feature documentary, is about the courage to overcome the fears that come with a heart-wrenching diagnosis. And, the powerful bond of a mother (Therese Davis) and son (Terrence Patridge) who rebuild their lives by doing small things with great love.
Bass Clef Bliss - Terrence's Path is a true story of a young man at the intersection of Autism, hope and music. At an early age, his speech disappears and his sensitivity to sound triggers frequent tantrums. His music therapist introduces him to the trombone. With the help of caring professionals, he makes a slow and steady progress in his ability to function in the world. Years later, his high school music teacher discovers he has perfect pitch. Today, his talent and determination open doors for him to go to college and to play with symphony orchestras, theater productions, jazz ensembles and his church choir.
About Drama House Productions
About BKLYN2LA Productions
Founded by Patrick Scott, Drama House Productions, LLC is a San Diego-based, independent production company that focuses on producing full length feature films, short scripts and web series. Inspiration for all Drama House Productions' films come from a deep appreciation for family and the drama families face in today’s ever changing times.
Founded by Michael Berlin, longtime writer and producer who used his psychology background to produce two documentaries: "Ars Medecina" about a medical mission in the jungles of Guatemala and "Bass Clef Bliss - Terrence's Path," about a boy, diagnosed with Autism, and his mother who worked so valiantly so he could go to college and play trombone in a symphony orchestra and renowned jazz band.
Thérèse Davis is a mother, writer, and advocate for people with disabilities. She is the proud Mom of Terrence Patridge, who was diagnosed with Autism at age four.
She earned her B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Southern California School of Journalism (now the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism).
Thérèse earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from National University. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has a small private practice.
She earned her M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing with an emphasis in screenwriting at National University. She co-wrote and was featured in the documentary film, "Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence's Path," which chronicles Terrence's journey with Autism, hope and music. She is a contributing writer for the book, The Power of My Faith (Athena Publishing); and the K-12 curriculum: Autism Is: The Interactive Classroom Experience.
Thérèse’s aspirations include starting a non-profit corporation to assist people with Autism to have greater access to music; writing a book; and continuing to help Terrence to reach his goals.
Dr. Grace Fantaroni
Dr. Grace Fantaroni is a Professor of Special Education at Point Loma Nazarene University. She had many years of experience as an Autism and Educational Specialist for a large urban school district, consulting with various K-12 school teams on students with challenging academic and behavioral needs. Prior to becoming a Specialist, she taught students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities. Dr. Fantaroni has been part of the statewide initiative to educate the community on evidence-based practices in Autism as part of the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN). Her focus is on supporting parents and families, especially diverse populations, understand and access support for Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs. As a volunteer with the Autism Society San Diego, she has helped run the monthly Parent Support Group “Through the Lifespan” for over 10 years. She currently consults and offers professional development on a variety of special education and behavior support topics to schools, districts and local organizations.
Karen Kass is an educator with over 30 years of training and experience. Her professional experience includes: classroom teaching; supervision of special education teachers; principal of a special education school; special education curriculum development; training undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in special education and human development. Currently, she is an instructor in the graduate school at California State University in Northridge, California. Additionally, she maintains a private practice as an AET* Board Certified Educational Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic. #M20924) and sees children, teens and adults who have learning and executive functioning challenges as well as individuals, couples and parents seeking psychological and social support.
Dr. Kass earned her Ph.D. at Yeshiva University in New York City, her Masters Degree at New York University, New York City, and her Baccalaureate Degree at Hofstra University in Garden City, Long Island. All her education has been in education, special education, human development, and psychology.
*Association of Educational Therapist
Dr. Karen Kass
...we welcome you to explore and enjoy our materials: a documentary film, three short films, public service announcement, accompany lesson plans and overall ideas for supporting, loving and building life-long understanding and friendships for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Through Terrence Patridge, the star of the documentary Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence’s Path, we learn about the diagnosis of Autism, and the gifts that come along with the introduction of amazing teachers, peers, and music.
Although the awareness of Autism as a disability is increasing, there is still a great need in our schools and communities to support the students with ASD who struggle to make friendships with understanding peers. Our curriculum, Autism Is: The Interactive Classroom Experience, may be used in whole or in part to advance the understanding, the need for direct instruction and support, and develop meaningful friendships through peer awareness and training. The power behind this is the magic in Terrence and many kids with ASD. These unique individuals may communicate in different ways, but nonetheless bring smiles and warmth whenever you are near them.
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