Doctors say many children with autism have trouble communicating and sharing emotions appropriately, but teaching them the works of Shakespeare appears to help.
“It’s quite amazing to see how a Shakespearean play can be transformed into, really, a therapeutic intervention,” said Dr. Marc J. Tassé, director of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Nisonger Center and principal investigator of this unique intervention.
The program requires “a lot of observation, role playing and turn-taking,” said Tassé, “which are core elements of any social skill teaching, and something many of these children struggle with,” he said.
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For 42 weeks, researchers will teach elements of Shakespeare to 20 students to see if there is some proof that it helps them become more engaged and better communicators.