Shakespeare may be able to help autistic children communicate!
When it comes to scientific advancements, unconventional methods often create the biggest breakthroughs for patients. And the latest advancement in helping autistic children may be as close as your nearest bookshelf — research indicates that reciting Shakespeare may be able to help autistic children “improve social interaction, language, and facial expression,” according to Psych Central.
So what makes Shakespeare's work such an effective -- and unexpected -- method for helping autistic children?
The way that Shakespeare’s works are literarily structured — paired with the rhythmic language and physical gestures that Shakespeare’s works are known for — make for an effective teaching method for autistic children, keeping them engaged and entertained.
Children on the autism spectrum often have difficulty understanding and picking up on nonverbal communication cues, making it harder for them to socially interact with others. Many often avoid eye contact and misunderstand visual cues; this may result in them struggling to form friendships or express mutual interests.
By using tools like Shakespearean literature to work on their communication skills, children with autism may be able to overcome their challenges and blossom socially.