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Evaluating the efficacy of drama therapy in teaching social skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This article reviews a year-long study at the Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). It analyses the results of a specialized adaptation of drama therapy for a group of preadolescent children with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. The procedure aimed at improving social skills and problem behaviours. Statistical results of the study are promising in demonstrating the efficacy of drama therapy in this domain.
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Keywords: autism spectrum; disorder; drama therapy; effective treatment; problem behaviours; social skills

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Concordia University

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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  • Drama Therapy Review (DTR) is committed to documenting and disseminating drama therapy research, promoting scholarship about drama therapy theory and practice, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue, and providing a forum for lively debate in the field. DTR profiles and critically reflects upon current and emerging practices involving the intentional and therapeutic uses of drama and performance in clinical, educational, community, organizational, and research contexts.
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