Project Area: Effects of drama on social skills training for students with ASD
Lead Researcher: Daisy Loyd
Institution: Institute of Education, London
Status: Project completed
Many individuals on the autism spectrum experience difficulties in perspective taking. These difficulties manifest in how an individual interacts and communicates with other people as well as how s/he engages with make-believe. Reports from drama practitioners suggest that drama activities can support individuals with autism in these areas but previously there has been little empirical substantiation. This study is important in two respects. First, it empirically demonstrates that individuals with autism show perspective taking in the interactive context of drama education and illustrates both how this perspective taking develops over time and how it compares with perspective taking shown in other curricular areas. Secondly, it uncovers teaching approaches that facilitate perspective taking and identifies particular opportunities presented by drama education.