Drama activities may be able to improve communication and interpersonal skills in children with autism according to a recent study. Children aged 7-12 years were encouraged to interact with themed sensory environments (themes included ‘under the sea’ and ‘outer space’).
Each environment was built to accommodate 22 children who were encouraged to respond to light, sound and physical action by trained performers.
Researchers from the University of Kent discovered that after spending time in this sensory environment, the children’s autistic symptoms decreased significantly. All of the children who took part were found to show at least some improvement on at least one of the measures, while over three quarters showed changes to more than one. Just under a third of participants showed significant changes in terms of social interaction.
Interestingly, some of the parents also noted substantial changes in their child’s behaviour at...