Presentation Title

Lights, Camera, Action: Theater to Improve Social Skills in ASD

Advisor Information

Lisa Kelly-Vance

Location

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-3-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

4-3-2016 10:30 AM

Abstract

A thorough review of the literature suggests that children with autism can benefit from interventions that teach movement and encourage social interactions (Wadsworth & Simon, 2014, Behrends, Muller, & Dziobek, 2012; Dale, Hyatt, & Hollerman, 2007; Vincent et al., 2007; Dempsey & Foreman, 2001). The current study examined the effects of drama classes on children with autism. Participants (n=3) were selected from a group of students already enrolled in a fall drama class at a local theater. Participants were observed during their weekly drama class. Trained researchers observed pretend play and social interactions among each participant using anecdotal notes and partial interval recording. Parents of the participants completed a pre and post-test measure of social and adaptive behavior using the SSIS.

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Mar 4th, 9:00 AM Mar 4th, 10:30 AM

Lights, Camera, Action: Theater to Improve Social Skills in ASD

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

A thorough review of the literature suggests that children with autism can benefit from interventions that teach movement and encourage social interactions (Wadsworth & Simon, 2014, Behrends, Muller, & Dziobek, 2012; Dale, Hyatt, & Hollerman, 2007; Vincent et al., 2007; Dempsey & Foreman, 2001). The current study examined the effects of drama classes on children with autism. Participants (n=3) were selected from a group of students already enrolled in a fall drama class at a local theater. Participants were observed during their weekly drama class. Trained researchers observed pretend play and social interactions among each participant using anecdotal notes and partial interval recording. Parents of the participants completed a pre and post-test measure of social and adaptive behavior using the SSIS.