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ERIC Number: EJ856311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
"Who's There?": Shakespeare and the Dragon of Autism
Renino, Christopher
English Journal, v99 n1 p50-55 Sep 2009
Dan recently turned 13; Nick will soon be 12. Both boys are smart and fun; both are loving, write like angels, like to learn, and want friends; both are autistic and hope to learn to speak. They find it challenging to relate to and function in this world, and they work hard to improve their abilities to do so. Last fall, Nick and Dan became classmates and then friends. Now, once or twice a week, they meet at Dan's apartment for approximately an hour and a half for Colloquium, a lesson taught by their parents and aimed at helping them to develop their reading, thinking, and writing skills. Shakespeare's works have been the focus of some of their studies and a catalyst for their learning. In this article, the author describes how Shakespeare inspired these two boys to create their own screenplay.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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