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Theatre Therapy and Autism
Courtney Wheateron 18 November 2012
Transcript of Theatre Therapy and Autism
-Affects the way that people perform daily life skills, socialize, communicate, and relate to their world
-Struggle to draw relationships between events/ideas, strong focus on details, high level of distractibility, very literal/concrete thinking, impulsive, difficulty with organizing/sequencing, high levels of anxiety, sensitivity to sensory cues
-Struggles to pick up social cues and with relating to others Autism Spectrum Disorder -Used for years as a form of therapy for people with mental illnesses
_Use of improvisation allows people to be 'in the moment' as they consider both daily and more complicated issues, allows people to see their stories as an outside observer
- Theatre has been known to be a cathartic experience (to purge of emotions) since the ancient Greeks which allows people to experience a range of emotions in a safe place Theatre Therapy Floortime by Stanley Greenspan Theatre Programs for Children with Autism -Provides kids with confidence and passion
-Help to understand emtions and express how they feel and understand others
-Focus on use of vocal tone and volume, body language, and facial expression
-Improv. helps to develop instincts
-Scripts help to develop learned behaviors and the subtleties of nonverbal communication
-Helps with anxiety, recognition of facial expressions, and theory of mind skills (recognition of own and other's beliefs, desires, and knowledge) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xdp0VYRrZw -Play-based approach
-Learn how to share attention, relate to others, read emotional and social cues, solve problems, think creatively and logically
-Follow child's lead and pattern of play
-Careful use of voice and tone
-Integrate sensory experiences Miracle Project - Kids with autism tend to be unimaginative and struggle with sensory overload
-Use of Movement Exercises, Name Games, Improv. Scenes and Games, Pretend Play, Script Writing
-Use of the kids' ideas to write a play
-Children with autism are brought together, supported, and given opportunities to explore emotions/talk about issues/play