Dissertation

The Impact of Participation in Theatre Arts on the Social Skills Development of Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilties

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the possible impact of participation in theatre arts on the social skills development of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The research found that participation in theatre arts had a positive impact on students with significant cognitive disabilities. The research looked at the close peer-to-peer interactions that take place in a theatre arts classroom that provided modeling for social skills development. The study found that students improved in the areas of general social skills development and in the area of social interactions. Finally, this study hopes to emphasize the importance of providing students with significant cognitive disabilities opportunities to interact with their typically-developing peers on a daily basis in an effort to improve their quality of life.

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