CAN SHAKESPEARE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Whether you’re a Shakespeare fan or not, some research coming out of Ohio State University may be of interest to you. A new study is underway, as noted in this article, to see if Shakespeare plays can help kids with autism.

Like me, you may be wondering, how? The idea began a few years ago in London as part of a program for autistic children. Shakespeare plays were incorporated to use the exaggerated voices and facial expressions of Shakespeare to teach children who have trouble communicating. And apparently the children responded well…so well, in fact, that it led to this study.

It’s early in the process to know whether there’s actual hard proof that it works, but researchers are already seeing some improvement in communication and social relationships for the study’s participants.

For additional information, and to see a video of this idea in action, check out this link.

Lynsey, Community Manager

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