Acting Antics: A Theatrical Approach to Teaching Social Understanding to Kids and Teens with Asperger Syndrome

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 15, 2006 - Education - 192 pages
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`The ideas are excellent and well laid out... This is an innovative approach to social skills training for students with Asperger's Syndrome who will tolerate acting, and for a group leader with energy and commitment to drama.' -Speech and Language Therapy in Practice `Schneider's enthusiasm for the subject and her passion to improve life skills of young people is very evident and encourages the reader to progress...As a catalogue of practical ideas with built-in resources, this is a useful book for support groups and families wishing to create a theatre group. Acting Antics has an easy-to-read format and includes activities that can be initiated with minimum preparation and resources.' -Children Now Magazine, 2007 This fun and inspiring step-by-step program provides the full set of tools for developing social understanding in children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) through drama. Cindy B. Schneider explains how the central processes in acting - including making and interpreting inferences from non-verbal cues, taking another's perspective, and formulating language - can be highly effective ways of addressing social cognition deficits in children with AS. Acting Antics contains a wide repertoire of activities and ideas for immediate application at home, in the classroom, in therapy workshops or social groups, ranging from initial warm up techniques, through paired activities, to larger group scenes and staging a show. Helpful appendices provide questionnaire forms to enable both the child and the program leader to assess and monitor the child's understanding of their roles, along with reproducible scripts and suitable scene designs. This complete, practical program provides a wealth of enjoyable educational ideas for parents, teachers, and therapists of children with Asperger Syndrome.

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What a wonderful experience for all children to participate in!! Spread the news that this wonderful teacher and staff are willing to work with all children. This is a great program.


Foreword by Tony Attwood
1 Introduction
2 Who? What? Where?
3 Getting Started
4 Paired Activities
5 Scripted Partner and Group Scenes
6 Whose Line is it Anyhow?
10 The Really Big Show
11 Its a Wrap
Sample Schedules and Activity Lists
Photocopiable Forms
Photocopiable Partner Scripts
Group Scripts

7 Starting Your Own Troupe
8 Ready Or Not Here They Come
9 Antics Summer Camp
Subject Index
Author Index

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Page 17 - After children reach the age of about four, they begin to understand that other people have thoughts and feelings different from their own (Attwood 1998, p. 112). The ability to predict what these thoughts or feelings might be continues to grow as children develop. Winner characterizes this skill as making "smart guesses
Page 6 - I would like to acknowledge many people who have encouraged and supported me throughout the writing of this book. My hubby and best friend, Ray, is my "roadie," my stage crew, and my constant support.

About the author (2006)

Cindy B. Schneider has been a special education teacher for 20 years. She is currently Director of her own Acting Antics Theatre Company and Autism Consultant for Chester County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania USA. She lives in Morgantown, PA.

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