Imagining Autism is bringing its Outer Space adventure to the Atkinson. Specially designed by drama experts in the University of Kent Drama Department working with psychologists, Imagining Autism immerses children in a multi-sensory world that plays to their strengths-their sensitivity, their eye for detail, their imagination and their humour. Children take part in small groups supported by a team of practitioners trained in the iA method- which allows children to take the lead and set their own pace, and involves them as co-creators of the drama. Children are prepared through social story packs and anxiety is reduced through working closely with the teachers in
advance to ensure this is a rich and enjoyable experience for them- no matter where they are on the spectrum. Children with communication difficulties will also benefit, whether or not they have a diagnosis of autism.