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Autism & Autism & Theatre: Social Theatre: Social skills skills Transforming Autism Transforming Autism Dr.Parasuram Ramamoorthi Dr.Parasuram Ramamoorthi

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Autism & Autism & Theatre: Social Theatre: Social

skillsskillsTransforming AutismTransforming Autism

Dr.Parasuram RamamoorthiDr.Parasuram Ramamoorthi

Look at me : Talk to meLook at me : Talk to me

Autism Theatre is a conscious and Autism Theatre is a conscious and intentional use of Drama and techniques intentional use of Drama and techniques of Drama to addressof Drama to address

Specific issues of Autism Spectrum Specific issues of Autism Spectrum DisorderDisorder

e.g: Eye –contact; social skills: people e.g: Eye –contact; social skills: people skillsskills

It is not oriented towards performing a It is not oriented towards performing a script butscript but

A process that may lead to a performance.A process that may lead to a performance.

DefinitionsDefinitions

We shall overcomeWe shall overcome Specific issues are addressed Specific issues are addressed and help through Drama therapy and help through Drama therapy to overcome challengesto overcome challenges

Drama therapy affects personal Drama therapy affects personal beahviour in a significant beahviour in a significant way : to overcome issues like way : to overcome issues like

Hyperactivity; anger; self-Hyperactivity; anger; self-injuryinjury

Red Kite Project ChicagoRed Kite Project Chicago

FloortimeFloortime Dr.Greenspan founder of the Dr.Greenspan founder of the movement called Floortimemovement called Floortime

Passed away on 3 May Passed away on 3 May Make believe as the coping Make believe as the coping mechanism for autismmechanism for autism

Connect meConnect me One Definition of Drama/theatre is : One Definition of Drama/theatre is : Connecting with people.Connecting with people.

An actor connects with fellow actors An actor connects with fellow actors on stageon stage

Actor connects with the audience : Actor connects with the audience : he/she performs for an audiencehe/she performs for an audience

Actor connects with crew off stage.Actor connects with crew off stage. Actor connects with the space. : Actor Actor connects with the space. : Actor is aware of His/her Body as space and is aware of His/her Body as space and connects with the Performance space.connects with the Performance space.

My Body : Private SpaceMy Body : Private Space

ElizahElizah Stand-up ComedyStand-up Comedy

Elizah wapner : standup Elizah wapner : standup comedycomedy

doing comedy is a metaphor doing comedy is a metaphor for life and social for life and social

interactioninteraction

Elizah trained in Elizah trained in theatre/voice/movementtheatre/voice/movement

Feels that he is comfortable Feels that he is comfortable with life/bodywith life/body

Has more friends after trained Has more friends after trained in theatrein theatre

He is now less anxious about He is now less anxious about social situationssocial situations

Public space : social Public space : social situationssituations

Public SpacePublic Space Differences exist between Private Differences exist between Private and Public spaceand Public space

My bed room is my private My bed room is my private space/Bath/toilet toospace/Bath/toilet too

Living room is a public spaceLiving room is a public space Home is private : school is publicHome is private : school is public Home is Mine : Temple or church Home is Mine : Temple or church belongs to public.belongs to public.

Our Body changesOur Body changes Our Body changes according to Our Body changes according to where we are :where we are :

Private or public spacePrivate or public space Our Dress too changes according to Our Dress too changes according to where we are.where we are.

We wear uniform to school. We wear We wear uniform to school. We wear pyjammas in the bed roompyjammas in the bed room

Casual and formal clothes define Casual and formal clothes define our behviour too.our behviour too.

Rehearsed Rehearsed ResponseResponse

Acting is Rehearsed Acting is Rehearsed ResponseResponse

An actor’s entry on stage in An actor’s entry on stage in Kathakali : rehearsed a hundred Kathakali : rehearsed a hundred timestimes

Rehearsed Response: Play Rehearsed Response: Play the DVD now.the DVD now.