Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education

Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education

Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education

Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education


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.


This book is a resource book for professionals working in special education. This includes creative therapists, teachers and teacher aides, specialist teachers for learning and behaviour plus social workers, counsellors, family therapists and others involved in the care and education of a student with special needs. Students with special education needs include those with learning and physical disabilities, behavioural and communication difficulties, sensory impairments, and medical and related conditions. This book is also written for those involved in group work with adults with a learning disability.

It places these methods of using story therapeutically within the context of drama therapy and gives practical advice on how to structure and set up sessions in a way that is compatible with the learning environment. It describes how story sessions can address issues of self-esteem and self-mastery while the group nature of the approach proves an invaluable tool for building social and communication skills.

It includes traditional stories from around the world as session material with numerous examples of their use from the author's extensive experience in special education. There is information on how to devise stories with older students that are relevant to their own experience, details of recent research into the effectiveness of drama therapy in engaging and retaining the attention of students with a learning disability, and ideas on increasing the autistic student's enjoyment and comprehension of stories with the use of visuals.i

Definition of drama therapy

Drama therapy is the use of improvisation, role-play, mime, music and movement, storytelling, masks and rituals, puppetry, theatre games and scripted drama as a therapeutic vehicle. It builds confidence, increases . . .

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