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Author Hunter, Kelly, 1961-

Title Shakespeare's heartbeat : drama games for children with autism / Kelly Hunter
Published London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 250 pages): illustrations
Contents Playing the games/using the book -- A midsummer night's dream -- Games to begin -- Fairyland -- Dreams -- The mechanicals -- The lovers -- Darkness of night -- The tempest -- Caliban -- Ariel -- Miranda and Ferdinand -- The clowns -- Magic -- Resource for playing with the children -- Afterword
Summary "Children on the autistic spectrum experience varying degrees of difficulties; all of which can be understood as a disassociation of mind and body. Expressing feelings, making eye contact, keeping a steady heartbeat and recognizing faces are all part of the autism dilemma which can be poetically explored by Shakespeare. Over ten years, Hunter worked with children on all points of the spectrum, developing drama games for the specific purpose of combatting autism. These unique games, derived from specific moments in the plays, shed new light on how to teach Shakespeare to children, using the drama as an exploration of how it feels to be alive. Shakespeare's Heartbeat is a step-by-step guide, detailing how to demonstrate, play and share these sensory games. The book includes: games based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, games based on The Tempest, tips and advice for playing one-on-one with the children, an afterword describing Hunter's journey from performer and practitioner to creator of this work. Shakespeare's poetic definitions of seeing, thinking and loving reveal the very processes that children with autism find so difficult to achieve. This book provides an indispensable learning tool for those wishing to encourage children's eye contact and facial expression, improve their spatial awareness and language skills and introduce them to imaginative play"--The publisher
Notes Includes index
Description based on print version record
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Autistic Disorder -- therapy.
Play Therapy -- methods.
Autistic children -- Rehabilitation.
Drama -- Therapeutic use.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1317601424 (electronic bk.)
9781317601425 (electronic bk.)