Drama Education for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
The drama-in-education community is facing a new and exciting challenge: providing meaningful drama and arts experiences for individuals on the autism spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that often profoundly affects a person’s communication, socialization, and play skills. One recent U.S. study concluded that approximately 1 in 150 people are on the autism spectrum (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007), and interventions range from behavior–based therapies to sensory integration techniques. More recently, drama and art education approaches have gained greater attention and the arts are being applied in a wide variety of ways and settings to help individuals with autism. Also, many adults and young people with ASD are finding their unique voice through the arts.
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