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Imagine the Possibilities: Creating Dramatic Worlds with Youth on the Autism Spectrum

City: 
Cedar Falls
State/Province: 
IA
Country: 
United States

This project will focus on social skills training, peer modeling and inclusion through a drama based program for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The proposed project seeks to carefully design a K-5 Process Drama curriculum for inclusive classroom and workshop settings; implement the Process Drama curriculum in four elementary schools, in spectrum specific and inclusive classrooms, and twice monthly weekend recreational drama program for youth on the autism spectrum and their typical peers and/or siblings; evaluate the Process Drama curriculum in order to determine which strategies and designs for learning generate the best outcomes for improving social/communication/behavioral skills of youth with ASD; and finally, to provide a model for teaching and learning that embeds the principles of ABA in an inclusive and creative context to 75 pre-service teachers/teaching artists and 20 education-based professionals.