Drama Therapy entails the use of drama and other techniques involving performance arts to augment the psychological well-being of individuals. The myriad techniques made use of in the therapeutic space revolve around story-telling, role play, enactment and mime, as well as covering voice production and the use of artifacts as props. The aim in the therapeutic space can be approached in a group or an individual setting.
Drama therapy uses theatre techniques in order to create a safe space to work through individual issues in order to find new perspectives or alternate solutions. Since expressing oneself is most often a gruelling task for someone with autism, these atypical mediums of self-expression provide these individuals with alternate channels of communication.
A child with Autism may often seek but find it cumbersome to make lasting social connections. An intervention such as Drama Therapy assists a child in relating to others by taking on different roles that ease the process of building relationships. Pioneering work by Andrew Nelson and Parasuram Ramamoorthi, Autism Theatre Network has consistently demonstrated the benefits of DT in Autism.