Life Lessons: Shakespeare helps kids with autism

Life Lessons: Shakespeare helps kids with autism

>>>jaciel cordoba: across the country, there are successful research efforts to help children with autism communicate better and be move confident. >>eve russo: wfmz's nancy werteen has the latest on an innovative program getting a standing ovation. >>nancy: researchers are putting shakespeare center stagein a novel approach to group therapy ..>>nat sound: - :02>>nancy: letting the dog out is routine. but for 10- -year--old chase ,who has autism, this is a breakthrough. :07>>heather davisson has autism"he is terrified of dogs in general, and he's been moreapt to go and help with the dog or even just help with thehousehold chores in general." :09 >>nancy: what made the difference for chasewas a series of acting classes centered onshakespeare. :07 >>dr. marc tasse/ohio state nisonger medical center: "after 10 weeks, the kids that had autism whoparticipated showed significant improvement in theirsocial skills." :11 >>nancyin a new study, researchers staged an ----------intervention using what's known as thehunter heartbeat's a drama-based intervention developedby british actress kelly hunter - that usesthe rhythm and repetition of lines fromshakespearean plays.the result is better language skills,more social interaction and for somerecognition of facial expressions - which is often a challenge for those with autism. :26>>dr. marc tasse/ohio state nisonger medical center: "they're taught these core skills in a very relaxed, playful environment, in which it's almost like they're not aware that they're being taught." :09>>maggie mehling research coordinator: "it just blows me away everytime i see it how the kidsare able to really just exceed all expectations with theirability to get engaged." :09>>nancy: like many parents, heather says she wasskeptical. but since her son first took the stage, she's noticed a difference. :07>>heather davis son has autism: "it was watching a completely different child for thosefew moments. and he loved it, he absolutely found purejoy in it." :09 ---------------------------... ---------------------------... ---------------------------... >>nancy: the study included 14 children withautism. language and social skills were evaluated by independent researchers whotested the students before and after the 10--week intervention. nancy werteen 69 news. 3

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