Drama Therapy and Special Needs Clients

Down Syndrome, Autism and Aspergers are all excellent candidates for the help Drama Therapy can provide.

Down Syndrome, Autism and Aspergers are all excellent candidates for the help Drama Therapy can provide.

Normalization is such an important concept when working with clients with special needs. Drama Therapy assists those with mental delays such as Down Syndrome, Autism or Aspergers to learn and apply appropriate social skills and emotional responses in their interactions, by promoting an emergence from isolation. As a side effect, these clients often experience raised self-esteem and gained insight into feelings that have been previously felt very foreign to them.

The use of metaphor and projective techniques, such as puppets, masks, story, art-making, may lessen the anxiety or resistance associated with revealing oneself to a group. The sooner the client feels comfortable engaging within the group, the quicker the normalization process begins. Many clients who deal with special needs on a daily basis have the challenge of forging relationships both inside and outside of their family units. As Drama Therapy relies on building relationships through metaphor and action, it is is well-positioned to enable these clients to meet their mission value of promoting the good health of the community. 

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Interested in having Drama Therapy work with your special needs organization or group? Contact Alexis Here for more information.

“Alexis has the understanding and ability to assess the needs of a group, as well as, its individuals and plans sessions accordingly. She knows how to create a safe and engaging play space that offers the participants a chance to practice needed social and emotional skills in a supportive environment. In addition, Alexis understands the importance of reflection and habitually considers the behavioral indicators of the participants in order to evaluate the session and plan for future groups.”
— Emilie Ward, MA, RDT, LCAT