The revised second edition of this practical manual is filled with easy-to-follow exercises and activities designed to facilitate creative drama sessions for people with learning disabilities. The activities in this book bring together music, theatre, movement and storytelling to not only develop fun and engaging group sessions, but to build confidence, increase self-esteem, and develop social and emotional awareness in group members. Highly sensitive to the range of learning needs and physical abilities of group members, the activities have been created to be engaging for a broad range of individuals regardless of age and ability, and can be adapted for use in a multitude of sectors such as education, psychology and speech and language therapy.
Key features of this edition include:
With its wealth of guidance, practical and adaptable activities and easy-to-follow structure, this is an invaluable resource for anybody leading or supporting children, young people and adults in creative drama.
Whether new to running drama groups or an experienced drama professional this book is both useful and practical. It gives a valuable introduction to the challenges of working creatively with people with learning disabilities, followed by a structured series of chapters which provide a wealth of warmup activities, games, drama exercises, improvisations and stories to use on a on-going basis. Anna Chesner brings her many years of practical knowledge, skill and expertise into a highly practical book that can be used by practitioners from a range of backgrounds in all kinds of community settings.
Dr Clive Holmwood, Department of Therapeutic Arts, University of Derby.
It is very important that this book is available to contemporary teachers, practitioners and parents. The book sparkles with energy and imagination. A gift to us all as we work against cuts and a lack of resources. It is a sustainable book and a beam of light in our practice.
Prof.Dr Sue Jennings, Distinguished Scholar University of the Witwatersrand
INTRODUCTION OVERVIEW 1 ARRIVALS AND GREETINGS 2 BODY WORK 3 SENSORY WORK 4 VOICE WORK 5 LIFE SKILLS 6 GAMES 7 PUPPETS 8 IMPROVISATION 9 DRAMATISATION 10 FAIRY TALES 11 PERFORMANCE 12 DE-ROLING 13 CLOSURES 14 EVALUATION FURTHER READING