At The@trical we were taught to study first, play later. Which is why all our approaches are supported by the latest research on teaching young adults with learning difficulties. Understanding the theory behind the practice is crucial if we are to provide the very best service to the students we work with, as well as the teachers and parents who support them day by day.

If you are interested in finding out more about the effectiveness of theatre and drama for those with special needs, take a look at some of the links below:


Special Talents, Special Needs: Drama for People with Learning Disabilities, Ian McCurrach and Barbara Darnley, Jessica Kingsley, 1999

Developing Play and Drama in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dave Sherratt and Melanie Peter, 2012

Drama for People with Special Needs, Ann Cattanach, A & C Black, 1996

Prerequisites to Learning for Very Special People, Flo Longhorn, Catalyst Education Resources, 1993;

Sensory Drama for Very Special People, Flo Longhorn, Catalyst Education Resources, 2000;

Groupwork with Learning Disabilities: Creative Drama, Anna Chesner, 1999


Chicken Shed, a theatre company for differently-abled people

NASEN The National Association of Special Educational Needs, events and news for those involved in SEN education