Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Feb 17, 2006 - Psychology - 208 pages
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Many aspects of drama therapy make it an ideal technique to use with students with special learning needs. This practical resource book for professionals covers the broad spectrum of students attending special needs schools, including those with attention deficit disorder, autism and Asperger syndrome, and students with multiple disabilities. Paula Crimmens places therapeutic storymaking within the context of drama therapy and offers practical advice on how to structure and set up sessions to be compatible with special needs learning environments. She shows how story sessions can address issues of self-esteem and self-mastery, and how their use in groups is invaluable for building social and communication skills. The book includes traditional stories from around the world as session material, and includes guidance on how to devise stories relevant to older students, as well as a review of recent research into the effectiveness of drama therapy in engaging and retaining the attention of students with an intellectual disability.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
8
Introduction
9
1 Getting Started
18
2 The Use of Traditional Stories
27
3 Helping Others
40
4 Dealing with Change
62
5 Working as a Team
72
6 Trickery and Stealing
85
9 Competitiveness
129
10 Trust
141
A Guide to Using Stories to Explore Themes in Everyday Life
154
12 Using a Visual Storyboard with Students with Autism
165
A Research Study
171
References
197
Useful Websites
200
Subject Index
201

7 Stories of a Special Child
100
8 Unlikely Heroes
114

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Page 11 - Mental retardation refers to substantial limitations in present functioning. It is characterized by significantly subaverage intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with related limitations in two or more of the following applicable adaptive skill areas: communication, self-care, home living, social skills, community use, self-direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure and work. Mental retardation manifests before age 18.

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Paula Crimmens has pioneered the use of drama therapy in special education in her adopted country New Zealand where she has been resident since 1996. She has a Masters of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies and is currently piloting a project to provide drama therapy to groups of at-risk children in primary schools in Auckland funded by the Ministry of Education. She is the author of Storymaking and Creative Groupwork with Older People, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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