Theatre Communications Class: Impact on Students With and Without Autism
Bozikis, Teresa Kay
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This study evaluated an inclusive Theatre Communications Class implemented at a suburban high school. The class is designed to target social and communication skills in students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) using role playing theatre activities with students without ASD that are prepared and performed for the class. Caregivers of 2 students with ASD completed the Autism Social Skills Profile prior to enrollment. Two students without ASD completed the Multidimensional Attitudes Scale to assess their attitudes towards individuals with autism prior to enrollment. In December of 2011, after a semester in the program, they completed the measures again. Analyses revealed that the social skills of students with ASD increased positively, while the high school students attitudes towards individuals with autism were impacted positively in the areas of cognition and affect.