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Drama Classes May Boost Social Skills in Kids With Autism

Drama Classes May Boost Social Skills in Kids With Autism | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New research from Vanderbilt University suggests that drama classes are particularly useful for improving those skills.  Blythe Corbett, an associate professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt, in 2009 began teaching kids ages 7 through 18 with high-functioning autism about drama at her SENSE Theatre program. As a former professional writer and actor, she was already convinced that “acting is transformative.” At her 10-session, 40-hour program, kids learn traditional drama exercises, like role-playing and improvisation. Paired with peer models—typically developing kids who are slightly older, exceptionally mature, and trained—these children sing, learn the lines to a play, and give a final performances for parents and the public.
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New Autism Research Outlines Gender Differences in Social Interactions

Girls and boys with autism spectrum disorder may both face social rejection from peers, but exclusion by girls may be harder to spot, recent research suggests.
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Understanding the History and Pervasive Myths Around Autism

Understanding the History and Pervasive Myths Around Autism | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism.
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CDC Study Finds Autisms Affects 1 in 50 | Education News

CDC Study Finds Autisms Affects 1 in 50 | Education News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This study doesn't necessarily mean that we have more autistic kids than ever before, just that we are better at diagnosing them. The study I'd like to see is how many educators know how to work with autistic kids.

 

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