Dramatherapy and Autism

"Autism is a spectrum of lifelong neuro-developmental, biologically-based and genetically heritable conditions influenced significantly by environmental factors, diagnosed on the basis of a triad of behavioural impairments: impaired social interaction, impaired communication, and restricted and repetitive interests and activities."

From NICE Scope document for Autism: the management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum (p.1) Available at www.nice.org.uk

Dramatherapy is increasingly being delivered to young people in groups to children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum and contrary to popular belief they will readily engage with drama as it has been my privilege to witness through the work that I have undertaken with this client group.

It enables them to practise tasks and skills required for everyday life including verbal and non-verbal communication; putting oneself in another person’s shoes and appreciate their point of view and the exploration and practice of social situations through role play.

In a safe uninterrupted space there is an opportunity for the exploration of their feelings and emotions and as well as time for fun and relaxation.

Simon Dyer © 2012