Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Due to the lack of adequate literature for the children with special educational needs, we as a team of special educators have created simple stories and applied them in the educational process. Along with the children and parents we achieved prevention of the violent behavior among students in our school, development of tolerance, friendship among students of different ethnic backgrounds. Then this method we developed to more areas-social, emotional, cognitive, motor and speech development. We were invited to to more conferences to present our method and the results achieved.
Each year we enrich the method more and make videos that we observed and later we upgrade their capacity.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Active participators in the drama play so far are over 250 children with special needs, aged 6-12 years, who attend special school or they are included in the regular school
The families of more than 250 children are actively involved by helping in making props, lyrics, and scene costumes,
Team of three special educators represent this method to other professionals and parents, through the participation of over 15 national and regional conferences
The team makes dissemination of the method in other local schools, enabling applicability of the same method in the teaching process and the extracurricular activities with children with special educational needs included in mainstream schools.
Drama plays are promoted in the local community to the citizens, thus it is contributing to a more successful integration of children with special needs in the community
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
In order to spread this method at global level, requires strategy for promotion which will consist few steps:
To give children opportunities to perform at international theater festivals for children with special needs. Also, there is a chance our team to organize an international theater festival for children with special needs.
To print the promotional materials (CDs with exercises and games, storybooks, brochures with drama plays, guidelines for making accessories, costumes and scenes, video movies with ready drama texts), in multiple languages.
The materials could be offered online.