ABSTRACT

For children with autism, unravelling aspects of the theatre form to see how they are being manipulated will provide unique insights and learning opportunities. By exploring how meanings are created in the drama situation, and by reflecting objectively and explicitly on these out of role, children with autism may be enabled to make connections from the make-believe to real life. Learning about meanings may occur both in and out of role, on both real and symbolic levels. Social meanings are constructed through manipulations of:

• verbal and non-verbal language; • use of space and time; • the creation of tension in different ways.