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ERIC Number: EJ979846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0268-2141
The Use of Drama to Teach Social Skills in a Special School Setting for Students with Autism
Kempe, Andy; Tissot, Cathy
Support for Learning, v27 n3 p97-102 Aug 2012
For children with autism, social challenges may be both part of the disability and a barrier to accessing education. This article reports on a project that used drama to address such challenges by drawing on the social skills of non-autistic peers in a special school setting. The article demonstrates how drama's flexibility may be harnessed in order to help students support each other's development of creative and communicative skills. Focusing on two children in particular, specific examples are given to illustrate how they participated in group work, made imaginative contributions to verbal and physical representations and engaged with abstract ideas. The project's outcomes suggest that, given a concrete structure and an invitation to collaborate, drama can be a powerful learning medium for children with autistic spectrum disorder. The conclusion reflects on the diverse meaning of inclusive practice that can be achieved within specialist settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)