Drama therapy is a pupil centred, creative form of psychotherapy and is used to achieve therapeutic aims by using drama and performance arts techniques. This can include creative methods such as art, music and singing. By using metaphors, such as myths, fairy tales and stories, it provides an opportunity where difficult emotions and experiences can be safely explored.
Sessions are tailored to each child’s individual needs and, being able to work non-verbally, it is highly effective and easy for young people with PMLD to access. Drama therapy employs a holistic approach and promotes the well-being of our pupils, as well as providing the opportunity for them to safely express their feelings. Emphasis is placed on developing interpersonal skills, and the sessions are practical and highly adaptable to their needs.
At the heart of drama therapy is the idea of play. Playing is important for all areas of development as children learn from experiences gained through playing. For example, children may interact with puppets; engage in copying exercises; or have a sensory experience through using touch, smells, sounds and visual aids. By helping children to engage and play at their own level, they can express themselves and how they are feeling, explore new ways of behaving and relating to others as well as their environment, and build their confidence whilst developing social and behavioural skills.
Drama therapy can help children in the following ways:
- Maintaining, developing and learning new communication skills
- Help to express feelings
- Help to safely manage difficult behaviour
- Develop social skills and interaction with others
- Increase confidence and self-esteem
For more information about drama therapy please visit the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) – https://badth.org.uk/