A study into the benefits which stem from an active participation in drama for a person with additional support needs.
(2015) A study into the benefits which stem from an active participation in drama for a person with additional support needs., no. 47.
This project aims to highlight any benefits which stem from an active participation in drama for a person with additional support needs (ASN). This project resulted in the creation of a handbook which serves as 'a beginners guide' to using drama with a mixed-ability group. The handbook outlines the treatment of people with a disability throughout history, emphasising the need for change, both in government policies and in society's attitudes towards disability. Through primary observations of a mixed-ability group of adults with ASN during drama workshops at Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh, as well as a detailed case study on Engross Theatre Group, Edinburgh, the project identifies key benefits of drama, which prove to be particularly advantageous to those with ASN. This serves to answer the outlined research question of; What benefits, if any, stem from an active participation in drama for a person with additional support needs (ASN)? The outcomes of the research conclude that there are many benefits which can be derived from an active participation in drama. These include increased levels of self-esteem and confidence, improved communication skills, problem solving and logical thinking, as well as increased creativity. Whilst these benefits appear to be directly linked to participation in drama for people with ASN, it cannot be assumed that drama is the only factor at work. There are a number of variables which cannot be controlled by the researcher and it is difficult to quantifiably measure qualitative benefits. However, it can be concluded that, from the data collected and analysed, drama can have a positive impact on the lives of adults with additional support needs.