Originally developed for deaf children, this innovative and successful drama programme addressing personal, social and emotional needs can benefit all children in primary schools. The interactive and lively ideas cover a variety of themes from empathy to assertiveness. Bringing together the expertise of a drama teacher and the skills of a teacher of the deaf, the book provides an unconventional way of exploring human concerns.
Module Four: ‘I Can Keep Friends’
The aim of this four-session module is to introduce ways in which friends can be kept, rather than lost. It is recognised that having friendships is a very important part of school life. Children, especially children who are deaf, lose friends for a variety of reasons including miscommunication, misunderstandings and perceiving actions to be deliberate rather than mistakes. The sessions begin with an exploration of possible causes for friendship breakdown. They go on to deal with how conflicts escalate, how feelings can be managed and how alternative reactions can be developed.[Page 60]