Drama for children with special needs (motor skill development)
During placement in secondary schools, the author notice a general lack of confidence in the ability to use movement. Many of these "Clumsy Children" expressed difficulties with reading and writing and in the area of Mathematics. Was there a connection between under-developed motor skills and general academic and social behaviour? Primary 1-3 are structured around "learning by doing". After that the work changes to more cognitive based learning and more classroom structure. If the children do not develop their motor skills at this early stage, there is little or no provision given for extensive movement development in Secondary School. Improvements can still be made at this level, including those pupils who have rejected Physical Education, Drama is a medium through which it is possible to reach these children.