Years ago many including Dr.Temple Grandin thought that people in the spectrum dont have imagination.
The sky is just a sky to the people in the spectrum, brain researchers told us. They lack Pretend play.
They lack peer interaction. Well, Drama ( in India Drama includes music/painting/movement/design/dance and a whole lot of things) brought some major changes in the face of autism.
i would say : Drama brought parents and children together in a better bonding .
Drama brought teachers and children into one page : creative play where they could pretend and have fun.
techniques of Drama : mask brought in better eye contact( if eye contact is irritating /is it necessary that is another issue)
a Mom woked with her 14 year old son on facial mask and at the end the son said : Mom you need a hair cut.
Mom started crying and whn asked she said : first time in 14 years he has looked at me intenely.
Eyes are important for communication: where the eye goes there goes the Mind. imagine a young man facing the wall telling his beloved : I love you. what would be the impact
Imagine : a young man looking at the face of his beloved ( looking into the eyes) even he need not say I Love You. it has been said. so communication is happening with eyes.
Drama essentially trains an actor to speak with eyes. communicate with eyes. communicate with the audience at the distance with eyes. The actor communicates with fellow actors on stage by eyes.
speaking volumes of poetry through eyes: lovers on stage do that.
Why not start training our children young enough to learn and play and have fun through Drama.