A program that works.
The most effective approaches for children with social skill challenges seek to move them beyond the solitary and toward the shared experience: from monologue to dialogue.
Drama and drama therapy encompass both the developmental and social aspects of play. A child that has social skills deficits has difficulty feeling confident interacting with peers. Forming relationships can be difficult for these children.
Real progress with real fun.
Through participation in the ACT Project, kids who need help in social skills can improve dramatically in the following areas:
- Communication Skills. Drama therapy frees children to express their ideas through role play. It improves vocal projection, articulation of words and ideas, improved language and persuasive speech, reciprocal conversation and listening/observation skills.
- Problem Solving. Through drama therapy, participants learn and practice communicating WHO, WHERE, WHAT and WHY through improvisation (which promotes quick thinking), problem solving, conflict resolution and adaptability.
- Emotional Flexibility. Drama therapy activities such as improvisation and role play increase emotional flexibility, allowing expression of a range of emotions. Any feelings of aggression and tension can be vented in a safe and controlled environment.
- Stress Reduction. Drama therapy exercises help to release mental, physical and emotional tension.
- Self-Regulation. Drama therapy exercises enhance frustration tolerance and the ability to manage impulsivity, stress, anxiety and anger.
- Social Competence. Drama therapy provides a safe way to practice social interaction and cooperation through discussion, improvisation, role play, collaboration, negotiation, rehearsing and performing.
- Self-confidence. Taking risks, trying something totally new, performing for an audience: all teach individuals to trust their own ideas and abilities.
- Imagination: Drama therapy offers the opportunity to make creative choices, try out new ideas and interpret material to broaden the imagination.
- Empathy/Emotional Recognition. Role playing in a wide variety of situations promotes compassion and tolerance for others’ feelings and points of view. Role playing offers the opportunity to better understand and recognize one’s own feelings as well as those of others.
- Concentration. Practicing, rehearsing, and performing enhance sustained attention skills, focus and concentration.
The ACT Project. Therapy with dramatic results.
“Drama is a particularly fruitful activity because it draws on many functional capacities (engaging, gesturing, pretending) and different kinds and levels of abilities, especially because a play requires that all of the participants, both onstage and off, have a close working relationship.”
– Stanley Greenspan