ERIC Number: ED244463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Creative Drama for Autistic Adolescents: Expanding Leisure and Recreational Options.
Warger, Cynthia L.
The paper describes how creative dramatics activities can be structured to promote appropriate leisure and recreational behaviors in autistic adolescents. The foundation of such an approach is the spontaneous, guided, and improvisational play processes of children. In addition to leisure and recreational skill development, creative dramatics are suggested to promote social skills, play skills, and increased awareness of self and others. Guidelines for adapting creative dramatics for adolescents with autism include assessment of the task for component parts, interest level, and prerequisite skills. After adaptation is accomplished, participants' strengths and weaknesses should be analyzed in the determination of structure, mode of presentation, and grouping. A case study illustrates the adaptation of two activities (pantomime and sound effects tasks) for autistic adolescents. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Meeting Their Needs: Provision of Services to the Severely Emotionally Disturbed and Autistic. p258-269. Conference Proceedings (Memphis, TN, April 27-28, 1983). (EC 162 463).