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Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education

by Paula Crimmens Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 208 pages
AU$47.99 NZ$48.69
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Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education is a practical resource book for professionals that covers the broad spectrum of students attending special needs schools, including those with attention deficit disorder, autism and Asperger's syndrome, and students with multiple disabilities.

Paula Crimmens places methods of using therapeutic storymaking with this client group within the context of drama therapy. She offers practical advice on how to structure and set up sessions compatible with the special needs learning environment and describes how story sessions can address issues of self-esteem and self-mastery. The group nature of the approach advocated by the author proves an invaluable tool for building social and communication skills. The book includes traditional stories from around the world as session material, numerous examples from the author's extensive experience including guidance on how to devise stories relevant to older students, as well as a review of recent research into the effectiveness of drama therapy in engaging and retaining the attention of students with an intellectual disability.

Drama Therapy and Storymaking in Special Education will be a useful practical resource for all professionals working with children with special needs.

Introduction. 1. Getting started. 2. The use of traditional stories. 3. Helping others. 4. Dealing with change. 5. Working as a team. 6. The theme of trickery and stealing. 7. Stories of a special child. 8. The unlikely heroes. 9. Competitiveness. 10.Trust. 11. Devising stories. 12. Storyboard stories. 13. Research study. References. Index.

Above all this is a common sense book that uses many practical examples from the author's considerable therapeutic experience. Ideal for students following a practice based course. She shows how story sessions can address issues of self-esteem and self-mastery, and how their use in groups is invaluable for building social and communication skills. This is a very good book and is a recommended buy for all play therapy trainees and also for experienced Play Therapists
Paula Crimmens has pioneered the use of drama therapy I special education in her adopted country New Zealand.