Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy
Social and communication behaviors are often a focus of instruction for individuals with autism. A theatre rehearsal and production process is challenging and joyful work that nurtures the development of social and language skills. This study evaluated and described social and language behaviors for students with autism both before and after a 10-week theatre experience. The results indicated that, when compared with a control group, the students with theatre experiences had significant and positive changes in the development of social and language skills. Most particularly, these students had significant improvement in social responsiveness, acknowledgement of the perspective of others, and participation and cooperation. The theatre experiences led to positive changes in social and communication behaviors for students with autism.
Article by Suzanne Reading et al. originally published by OMICS Group under a Creative Commons Attribution License in Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy, 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1. DOI: 10.4172/jspt.1000102.
Reading, Suzanne; Reading, James; Padgett, Robert J.; Reading, Samantha; and Pryor, Pete, "The Use of Theatre to Develop Social and Communication Behaviors for Students with Autism" (2015). Scholarship and Professional Work - Communication. 141.