While theater continues to gain attention (and research) for its potential benefits in autism, David needs no proof or convincing! An acting veteran since first grade, Dave shares over 20 life-changing ways that theatre contributed to his advancement, emotional fulfillment, and joy. Among other benefits, he discusses its assistance with his social and communication skills, its contribution and influence on his development of empathy and perspective taking, and its building of confidence and camaraderie. Importantly, Dave reveals how theatre assisted his adaptation to the typical world, including the workplace.
Of great importance, with the creativity and novel thinking inherent in many persons on the spectrum, theater and the arts are privileged to include people with autism in various facets of production: actors, crew, set design, lighting, music, make-up, wardrobe… Since interpersonal communications and the working environment are so critical in pulling a show together, education on autism to enrich the perspectives of “typical” members will serve to indirectly enhance personal and professional relationships. These new outlooks can also be generalized BEYOND theater (and to persons of other differences), thus improving life in other facets, as well.
David on Autism and Theatre
David’s presentation on drama and autism is relevant to theatrical education AND production! It brings unique insights to several categories of theater enthusiasts (on and off stage):
- Persons actively involved in theater (or other performing arts) who seek to understand cast or crew members on the spectrum,
- Persons in the field of drama who are interested in how autism and theatre are mutually beneficial,
- Therapists in other professions (art therapy, music therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, education, et cetera) who seek additional ideas for supplemental skill-building activities and social outlets for their clients/students with autism/Asperger’s, and
- Persons on the spectrum who are wondering about drama therapy and autism and if theatre participation might enhance their lives.
Invite David to present at your school of the arts, conservatory, theatre company, acting workshop, or multi-disciplinary therapy meeting/conference. You will be entertained and enlightened by Dave’s presentation of:
Finding My Voice(s): The Therapeutic Role of Theatre in My Life on the Spectrum
-Participants will learn about autism, thus improving their understanding of the needs and characteristics of persons on the spectrum.
-Participants will be able to state at least 3 social/communication challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that participation in theatre may help to improve.
-Participants will be able to identify at least 3 aspects of theatre involvement that enhance the quality of life for persons on the spectrum.
-Participants will be able to state at least 3 lessons from theatre that can be applied to everyday life—for everyone: ASD or not.
-Participants will state at least 3 perspectives that have personally changed for them regarding persons on the spectrum or those who are different from themselves.
The world of theater has long been known for their diversity and acceptance of those with differences…let’s add one more piece to the puzzle!