I create an environment for pre-teens and teens to experience drama differently than in a mainstream drama class as I tailor this to be specifically ASD friendly exploring issues that are relevant to people on the Autistic Spectrum (i.e. social situations, physical transformation, life journey, family dynamic, friendship issues). There is also be scope for bringing in guest presenters like graphic novel illustrators, other storytellers and musicians and other creative practitioners. It may also be an idea for a presentation forum in the future if the group of participants agrees they are ready to share with an audience.
Sessions focus on promoting communication skills. Learning how to use the Big 3: Vocal Tone and Volume, Body Language, and Facial Expression. These skills are used in various dramatized life situations so participants can put them into practice and also observe situations and unpick what is actually happening and why. For older students we can employ forum theatre techniques that allow observer participants to stop the action and alter the outcome by changing communication choices used.
Storytelling techniques are introduced by my telling and using various games and activities to involve the participants and encourage them to join in the telling and offer them opportunities to how narrative can be used to relate their own stories.