Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Resource for Practitioners in Education and Health, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum

A Resource for Practitioners in Education and Health, 2nd Edition

By Carmel Conn

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178 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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The second edition of Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum takes the perspective that support for the learning and development of children should have the purpose of giving them the freedom to be more fully who they are and able to function more effectively as themselves in a wider range of contexts. The focus of this new edition is on learning outcomes as expressed by autistic people, for example, to develop better understandings about the social world and to know how to manage everyday situations more successfully.

This practical resource book contains more than 150 activities for use with children aged 5–11 years old. Written for mainstream and special education teachers, speech and language therapists, drama teachers, play workers and creative arts therapists, the book shows how using drama with children across the autism spectrum can provide valuable experiences in being with others and communicating with them in enjoyable ways that support the development of well-being and confidence. In addition, drama is presented as a rich medium for reflecting on everyday social situations and developing children’s understandings about the social world.

Complete with case studies, photocopiable resources and step-by-step guidance on how to facilitate drama activities that all children can enjoy, this practical resource will be invaluable for those who are looking for new ways of engaging children on the autism spectrum and their peers. The second edition of this practical resource has been extensively revised, updated and re-focused in line with current practice and thinking.

Table of Contents

List of activities

Preface

Introduction

How to use this book

1 An Empty Space Working with the sensory environment

Introduction

Aims

Activities Working with atmosphere and perspective

Exploring shape and colour

Working with opposites

Mirrors

Things to do, say and look for

2 Simple Groups Noticing others and joining in

Introduction

Aims

Activities Beginning and ending rituals

Whole group activities

Activities for pairs in a group

Good group games

3 Sculpting Using the body for expression

Introduction

Aims

Activities Mirroring

Imaginary work with objects and actions

Vocal expression

Sculpting social scenes

4 Props, Puppets and Costume Exploring the language of objects

Introduction

Aims

Activities Objects and their properties

Creative expression using objects

Working with puppets

People as objects

5 Exploring ‘Me’ Different aspects of myself

Introduction

Aims

Activities Group interaction and trust

Me, the facts

Feeling me

My social self

Relaxation

6 Role Playing Exploring roles in everyday life

Introduction

Aims

Activities Call and response warm ups

Exploring roles in the group

Exploring social roles in everyday life

De-roling

7 Storytelling Thinking about what happens next

Introduction

Aims

Activities Two-part story warm ups

Three-part stories

Who? Where? What?

Storytellling structures

More complex stories

8 Improvisation Making sense of social situations

Introduction

Aims

Activities Individual improvisation

Improvisation in pairs

Whole group improvisation

Forum Theatre

More ideas for improvisation

9 Ending Finishing and moving on

Introduction

Activities Activities for session endings

Activities for when the group ends

Resources

References

Index

About the Author

Dr Carmel Conn is currently Course Leader for the MA SEN/ALN (Autism) that is offered at the University of South Wales. Carmel is also a researcher and regularly publishes academic articles in journals specialising in inclusion and disability.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU026000
EDUCATION / Special Education / General