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Teaching Social Skills Through Sketch Comedy and Improv Games

Teaching Social Skills Through Sketch Comedy and Improv Games

A Social Theatre™ Approach for Kids and Teens including those with ASD, ADHD, and Anxiety

Shawn Amador

Quick Overview

Learn how to develop social skills in children and teenagers with fun and entertaining activities based on improv comedy and sketch writing. Based on 17 years of experience and research, the games and group exercises in this book will help children and teens develop social awareness, confidence and joint attention. Includes example scripts.
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Paperback / softback
2018, 8.98in x 5.91in / 228mm x 150mm, 144pp
ISBN: 9781785928000
2018, ePUB, 144pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-820-3
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Introducing a Social Theatre™, this book provides guidance on how to deliver fun and transformative activities to develop social skills in teenagers and children.

Drawing on ideas from Social Thinking®, CBT, mindfulness and assertiveness training this book develops games, skits and short plays which can be adapted to suit children and teenagers including those who are gifted, typical, and those with mild to moderate cognitive abilities. These activities will help participants become more assertive and flexible as well as improving confidence, focus and self-esteem.

Social Theatre™ can be used in small groups, in class or throughout the school, as well as in group therapy sessions. It provides a new and inclusive way to teach social skills and collaborative learning and is especially useful for those with anxiety, ADHD and ASD.


'Shawn has crafted a work that is immediately applicable while also being transformational in its approach. It combines the practice of improv and comedy with the theory behind Social Theater and offers a GPS on how, when and why to use each activity. You can't go wrong!'
- Izzy Gesell MS Ed, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)

'Improvisational theatre games are increasingly finding a place in group psychotherapy, and this is a wonderful resource for clinicians working with children and teens, particularly with kids whose social skills may be impaired by attentional or anxiety problems.'
- David Carbonell, Ph.D., psychologist and founding member of The Therapy Players, comedy improv troupe, Chicago, USA

'Shawn Amador is a brilliant pioneer in the field of improv and social skills training! In her book she provides many gifts to practitioners of all levels: an eloquent historical perspective, step-by-step guides to using improv in therapeutic settings, and detailed explanations of the emotional and cognitive influences.'
- Kristin R. Krueger, PhD, clinician, researcher and member of the Therapy Players


By (author): Shawn Amador