Now available on Amazon.
Program Director, Richie Ploesch, and Executive Director, Gary Kramer have written
a guide to teaching improvised theatre for parents, teachers and professionals.
Improvised Theatre and
the Autism Spectrum
A Practical Guide to Teaching Social
Connection and Communication Skills
by Gary Kramer and Richie Ploesch
This guide provides educators, professionals, and parents with an easy-to-follow and comprehensive approach to utilizing improvised theatre as a tool to teach social and communication skills to individuals on the autism spectrum.
Opening with the philosophy of the curriculum and the considerations of mental health, play, and environmental factors on individuals with autism, the book then breaks down specific activities, suggests course sequencing, and explains how each activity works and applies to desired outcomes. Packed with dozens of activities and explanations, the book includes all the information necessary to design a full curriculum or create an at-home learning program for parents.
By combining the fun and engaging atmosphere of improvisational theatre with the systematic teaching of social skills, professionals and parents can cultivate learning in a way that keeps students engaged, while providing long lasting improvements in social interaction, self-confidence, and communication.