Using Shakespeare To Help Children With Autism

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[Source: New York CBS Local]

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An unusual acting class is using Shakespeare to help children with autism.

British actress Kelly Hunter developed the Hunter Heartbeat Method, drawing on the rhythm and repetition of lines from Shakespearean plays.

In a new study, Dr. Marc Tasse, the director of the Nisonger Center at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and his team staged an intervention using Hunter’s method.

“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,” Tasse told CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez.

After 10 weeks of the classes, the children showed better language skills, more social interaction and for some, recognition of facial expressions, which is often a challenge for those with autism.

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