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ERIC Number: ED013004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Oct-19
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
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THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS PROJECT. FINAL REPORT.
SHAPIRO, MARVIN I.
CHILDREN WHO ARE INARTICULATE CAN NOT BENEFIT FROM TRADITIONAL THERAPY METHODS. SINCE THE PRIMARY TOOL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY IS VERBAL COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PATIENT AND DOCTOR, CREATIVE DRAMATICS COULD BE A USEFUL PREPARATION FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY. A NON-CLINICAL TEACHER WHO WAS SKILLFUL AND EXPERIENCED IN CREATIVE DRAMATICS WAS THE GROUP LEADER FOR SIX CHILDREN IN A PROJECT USING CREATIVE DRAMATICS OVER A 42-SESSION PERIOD. IN THE BEGINNING THE TEACHER HAD TO PROVIDE AS MUCH CONCRETE HELP AND IMMEDIATE REWARDS AS POSSIBLE. THE CREATIVE DRAMATICS APPROACH WAS EFFECTIVE IN INCREASING COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN FIVE OF THE SIX CHILDREN. THEY BECAME MORE SPONTANEOUS AND MORE FREE TO EXPRESS THEIR INNER THOUGHTS AND FANTASIES. THE CHILDREN DEVELOPED GREATER FLUENCY AND BECAME INCREASINGLY EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED WITH EACH OTHER. FUTURE PLANS INCLUDE USING CONTROL GROUPS AND A CLINICALLY TRAINED TEACHER TO DIRECT THE PROGRAM OF CREATIVE DRAMATICS. (EB)
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center, PA.
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