Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Resource for Practitioners in Education and Health

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Routledge, 2019 - Autistic children - 270 pages

The second edition of Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum takes the perspective that support for the learning and development of children should have the purpose of giving them the freedom to be more fully who they are and able to function more effectively as themselves in a wider range of contexts. The focus of this new edition is on learning outcomes as expressed by autistic people, for example, to develop better understandings about the social world and to know how to manage everyday situations more successfully.

This practical resource book contains more than 150 activities for use with children aged 5-11 years old. Written for mainstream and special education teachers, speech and language therapists, drama teachers, play workers and creative arts therapists, the book shows how using drama with children across the autism spectrum can provide valuable experiences in being with others and communicating with them in enjoyable ways that support the development of well-being and confidence. In addition, drama is presented as a rich medium for reflecting on everyday social situations and developing children's understandings about the social world.

Complete with case studies, photocopiable resources and step-by-step guidance on how to facilitate drama activities that all children can enjoy, this practical resource will be invaluable for those who are looking for new ways of engaging children on the autism spectrum and their peers. The second edition of this practical resource has been extensively revised, updated and re-focused in line with current practice and thinking.

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About the author (2019)

Dr Carmel Conn is currently Course Leader for the MA SEN/ALN (Autism) that is offered at the University of South Wales. She is part of team of senior lecturers who oversee courses in special educational needs, learning disabilities and children's mental health and well-being. They have a large number of students, mostly with professional backgrounds in education, health, social services and the third sector. Carmel is also a researcher and is carrying out a number of projects focused on autism, additional learning needs and education. She regularly publishes academic articles in journals specialising in inclusion and disability and is in touch with individuals, groups and organisations working within the field of autism within the UK and internationally. Part of her role concerns being up to date in terms of current understandings about autism and this knowledge will be used for the purpose of updating this book.

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