Theater ed in social skill teaching
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|Tue, 03-19-2013 - 4:07pm|
Folks, I don't post here often, but for those of you who don't know me, I am a music teacher who is on the spectrum (Asperger's). I have a question for you that I am not sure anyone on the Teacher board can answer (No drama teachers there. Some SPED, but they have less of a chance of knowing this one).
I know there has been some support from research of theater instruction helping with social skills. I wonder, "Why?" As a music teacher, I am as big a fan of the fine arts as you will ever find, but...in theater, isn't what you are doing pretending to be something you are not? And this, in all of the traditional rhetoric about being yourself? Could you all tell me what drama does for your kids?
While we are at it, anyone ever teach their kids to play poker? That is a game that requires some very complicated social behavior to win, and while I'm an Aspie, I used to love the challenge of it. I was a winner, too. (Never went to Vegas, don't want the pressure of high rolling. I played for pennies or no-value poker chips.)
In closing, I say, not only do Aspies need these activities (if they help), but if they do help, ALL kids need them. No one ever talks about the social skills of the popular bullies who run a world where it is not OK to be different. If what my education profs said about social skills is true, then, Aspies actually do it better than popular kids (after all, we are famous for our razor-sharp senses of right and wrong!)
I ramble, but what do you guys think?