Developing Play and Drama in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Author: Dave Sherratt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136612068
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Learning through play is a well-established principle that underpins much educational practice, yet it is often overlooked in association with children with autistic spectrum disorders. This book considers the wide-ranging benefits of developing play and taking it into drama with these children. The authors demonstrate how to implement such approaches via a highly practical, structured developmental framework, within which participants may gradually learn to be creative. They also discuss the psychology and pedagogy of autism in relation to play and drama and connect them to everyday learning situations using a wealth of examples. This accessible approach to play and drama can offer a powerful, memorable, integrating way forward for children with autistic spectrum disorders - and enjoyable, fun opportunities for teaching and learning.

Engaging Mirror Neurons to Inspire Connection and Social Emotional Development in Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Author: Lee R. Chasen
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857009087
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The innovative drama therapy programme develops social skills in children and teens on the autism spectrum by looking to the mirror neuron system as the key to social connection and interaction. Lee R. Chasen provides an accessible explanation of the approach's grounding in neuroscience, followed by a thirty-session program involving creative tools such as guided play, sociometry, puppetry, role-play, video modeling and improvisation. Scenarios drawn from his own practice provide useful insights into both the practicalities and positive results of this unique approach. This ground-breaking book will be of interest to drama and creative arts therapists, as well as teachers, school psychologists, counsellors and other professionals who work with children on the autism spectrum.

Foundation Role Plays for Autism

Author: Andrew Nelson
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849050635
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book contains safe and structured role plays for working with different groups, including individuals with ASD, their teachers, caregivers, parents and peers. It provides materials for custom-making role plays to suit the specific needs of participants and photocopiable forms for tracking individual participants' skills.

Play Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Author: Loretta Gallo-Lopez
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136813195
Format: PDF, ePub
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Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders explores the most recognized, researched, and practical methods for using play therapy with the increasing number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), and shows clincians how to integrate these methods into their practices. Using a diverse array of play-based approaches, the book brings together the voices of researchers and practicing clinicians who are successfully utilizing play and play-based interventions with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. It also examines the neurobiological underpinnings of play in children on the autism spectrum and the overall effect of play on neuro-typical and neuro-atypical development. Finally, through careful integration of theory with real-world clinical case application, each chapter also shows clinicians how to incorporate a particular treatment approach and make it a viable and effective part of their work with this challenging clinical population.

Autism and Play

Author: Jannik Beyer
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub
ISBN: 9781853028458
Format: PDF
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Many children on the autistic spectrum seem to be at a very early developmental stage in their play, which tends to be less spontaneous, exploratory and varied than that of other children. This accessible handbook describes different play sequences which encourage the integration of social, emotional and cognitive development in autistic children. The easy-to-follow play strategies focus on the four key skills of visualizing, imitation, mirroring and turn-taking.The book is illustrated throughout with photographs, and includes a questionnaire for observing and assessing play interventions as an appendix. The authors combine an accessible developmental approach with practical tried-and-tested play strategies. Autism and Play will enable parents to nurture their children's social and cognitive development, and will inform the practice of professionals working in close contact with children on the autistic spectrum.Jannik Beyer, PhD is a psychologist and Director of broendagerskolen, a special school for autistic children. He is a member of the board of directors of the Danish Association of Special Schools and Treatment Centres for Autistic Children. Lone Gammeltoft is a speech and language therapist and teacher at the broendagerskolen. Both authors have been working with children with autism for more than twenty years.

Educating Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Author: Martin Hanbury
Publisher: Paul Chapman Educational Publishing
ISBN: 9781412902281
Format: PDF, Kindle
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`This book offers well thought out and clearly presented information to practitioners in the field of autism. The author obviously has an obvious empathy for, and understanding of, the difficulties experienced by children with autism, and enables the reader to clearly see the uniqueness of the child with autism' - REACH, Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland `This is an easy-to-read, informative guide for teachers and teaching assistants. It recognizes that practitioners can sometimes feel unskilled when faced with the request to include children with autism' - Nursery World `Written by a headteacher with extensive experience of working with autistic children and young people, this book provides a clear introduction to the field' - SENCO Update 'From the wealth of books now available on the subject of autistic spectrum disorders, this is one of the best I have read. Martin Hanbury's obvious commitment and understanding of children with ASD shines through' - Communication 'Martin Hanbury manages to convey in straightforward terms some of the intricacies of what it means to have autism, and combines theoretical background with a wealth of ideas (many of them photocopiable) that will help pupils with the disorder cope on the social setting of a school`- Rona Tutt, President, National Association of Head Teachers, TES Extra for Special Needs 'Martin Hanbury is full of enthusiasm and is extremely knowledgeable' - Cathy Mercer, NAS Pupils with autism are now commonly taught in a range of settings including mainstream classes, special schools and autism specific provision. This book will help practitioners to employ appropriate teaching and learning strategies when working with those in their classroom who experience an autistic spectrum disorder. The book considers: - the impact of autism on the learner - established, effective strategies and interventions - the selection of appropriate strategies for individual pupils - the historical perspective and the current context within which the practitioner operates - the qualities of the pupil with autism - tried and tested ideas for successful lessons - handy hints, checklists and proformae. Useful for those teachers and teaching assistants new to the field of autism or working in isolation from other specialists, this book is born of experience and shared experiences. It is full of advice for developing positive and enduring learning relationships, making your special or inclusive education setting a success for all.

Teaching Play to Children with Autism

Author: Nicky Phillips
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446258599
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Identiplay intervention helps children on the autistic spectrum, and those with specific communication disorders, learn to play. Through the use of play scripts the approach promotes the development of social skills, understanding, imagination and exploration. By learning these skills the young person can enjoy reciprocal play with an adult or peer. Supported by case studies the theory behind the approach is fully outlined and scripts are provided for instant use in a number of settings. The new edition of this popular book includes: - More on developing your own scripts - How to assess the child's current play skills - The adult's role in play - The use of visual/verbal support - New case studies - New scripts - Advice on taking learning outdoors - Links to resources and useful websites A supporting CD ROM contains video clips of the intervention in practice, printable scripts and a PowerPoint presentation to facilitate professional training making this a vital resource for anyone working with young children on the autistic spectrum or with communication difficulties.

Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom

Author: Jessica Perich Carleton
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857004697
Format: PDF, ePub
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Introducing drama to the learning experience is guaranteed to enrich a child's development, and is an especially effective approach for children with special educational needs, including those with autism spectrum disorders. This practical handbook offers teachers an array of simple and easy-to-implement theatrical techniques that will enhance students' learning and encourage artistic expression. The author demonstrates how dramatic play doesn't have to be restricted to drama lessons and can be applied to a diverse range of school subjects and recreational settings. 'The Little Red Hen', for example, covers themes that are relevant to literacy (rhyming and rhythm), maths (counting seeds), science (discussing farming), and art lessons (designing costumes). Step-by-step lesson plans take teachers through every aspect of running fun and engaging story dramas, including warm ups, movement, songs and props. Handy tips throughout suggest ideas for developing the plays further and ways to adapt them according to the needs of the group. This book will be an essential and comprehensive guide for anyone interested in drama as an educational tool in inclusive or special needs settings.

Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Author: Carmel Conn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351371711
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This practical manual contains more than 150 activities for use with children aged 5-11 years old. Written for mainstream and special needs teachers, speech & language therapists, drama teachers and dramatherapists, the book shows how using drama with children across the autism spectrum can help to develop: social skills; playfulness and pretence; verbal and non-verbal communication; and, self-awareness and self-esteem. Taking a developmental approach, the book is divided into two parts: Simple child-focused activities (Units 1-2) for children in a special school setting who are at an early stage of engagement; and Group-orientated activities (Units 3-9) for use in inclusive settings where mixed groups of children, with and without autism, can work together to develop personal and social skills. Each unit focuses on one skill area at a time and follows a similar format which includes a brief theoretical background, a clear set of aims, an assessment profile and a set of drama activities to develop the focus skill. Complete with case studies, photocopiable resources and step-by-step guidance on how to deliver a drama programme, this practical resource will be invaluable for all those who are looking for new ways of engaging children on the autism spectrum.

Early Intervention Games

Author: Barbara Sher
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470528501
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A resource of fun games for parents or teachers to help young children learn social and motor skills Barbara Sher, an expert occupational therapist and teacher, has written a handy resource filled with games to play with young children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other sensory processing disorders (SPD). The games are designed to help children feel comfortable in social situations and teach other basic lessons including beginning and end, spatial relationships, hand-eye coordination, and more. Games can also be used in regular classrooms to encourage inclusion. A collection of fun, simple games that can improve the lives of children with ASD or other SPDs. Games can be played by parents or teachers and with individual children or groups. Games are designed to make children more comfortable in social situations and to develop motor and language skills Also included are a variety of interactive games to play in water, whether in a backyard kiddie pool, community swimming pool, or lake All the games are easy-to-do, utilizing common, inexpensive materials, and include several variations and modifications