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Theatre techniques that helps increase attention span of kids with autism

Parasuram Ramamoorthy, a theater artiste in Tamil Nadu uses face masks to help children with autism make eye contact, focus and learn social skills.

He also uses other theater techniques such as role play, rehearsals and creative games. Wearing the mask seems to help increase the attention span of autistic children from the usual 30 seconds to 300 seconds. They seem to feel safer and connect better with parents and teachers.

Over 5000 children have benefited from these methods and they have been adopted in several places abroad. The techniques can be learned from an online course.

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