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Acting Antics


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Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. 1: Introduction. 2: Who? What? Where? 3: Getting Started. 4: Paired Activities. 5: Scripted Partner and Group Scenes. 6: Whose Line Is It Anyhow? 7: Starting Your Own Troupe. 8: Ready or Not, Here They Come! 9: Antics Summer Camp. 10: The `Really Big Show'. 11: It's a Wrap! Appendices: A. Sample Schedules and Activity Lists. B. Photocopiable Forms. C. Photocopiable Partner Scripts. D. Group Scripts. References. Resources. Indexes.

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Teaching social skills to children with AS though drama

About the Author

Cindy B. Schneider has been a special education teacher for 20 years. She is currently Director of her own Acting Antics Theatre Company and Autism Consultant for Chester County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania USA. She lives in Morgantown, PA.


As the use of 'kids' and 'teens' in the title might suggest, it is a fun book. It briefly explains how the central processes in acting - including making and interpreting inferences from non-verbal cues, taking another's perspective, and formulating language - can be highly effective ways of addressing social cognition deficits in children with Asperger's syndrome. -- NAPLIC
The ideas are excellent and well laid out. This is an innovative approach to social skills training for students with Asperger's Syndrome who will tolerate acting, and for a group leader with energy and commitment to drama. -- Speech and Language Therapy in Practice
Schneider's enthusiasm for the subject and her passion to improve life skills of young people is very evident and encourages the reader to progress. As a catalogue of practical ideas with built-in resources, this is a useful book for support groups and families wishing to create a theatre group. Acting Antics has an easy-to-read format and includes activities that can be initiated with minimum preparation and resources. -- Children Now Magazine
If you're interested in implementing a drama therapy program for tweens and teens with Asperger Syndrome, this is the book to buy. -- About.com

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