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Resources for schools and families: PopUpPod

 

As part of ‘Autism Reimagined: Creative resources for schools and communities’ 2018, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, we have developed a pilot PopUpPod ‘playbox’ suitable for both parents and teachers. This box opens up to reveal an appealing bespoke hand puppet, ‘Bo’, with tips on how to use Bo effectively to communicate better with an autistic child. Bo can also be used situations that often cause stress (for example, eating, washing or getting dressed). The iA colour coded ‘themes’ of Outer Space, Forest, Underwater, Arctic and Under the City prompt activity suggestions grouped under Puppetry, Play and  Senses. With a little imagination, sensitivity to the iA techniques of following the child’s cues, and some cheap easily accessible resources (all clearly explained in the box) any of these environments can easily be adapted to a classroom or a bedroom. The child is enabled to take imaginative journeys alongside you in sensory rich and autistic friendly spaces, whose effectiveness was first demonstrated in our full-size pod. If you are interested in testing and evaluating the PopUpPod please enquire at imaginingautism@gmail.com

Workshops

As part of ‘Autism Reimagined: Creative resources for schools and communities’ 2018, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, we now offer training in the iA method for teachers, parents, health workers, indeed anyone in contact with the autistic community. Participants are helped to understand autistic people imaginatively and interact with them more creatively, but above all to empower autistic people in self-advocacy. A package of 4 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops (Puppetry, Inter/Act, Sensing Environments and Autistic Space) can be booked individually or as a package. These workshops can be adapted to other professional groups and for parents/carers. Please enquire on imaginingautism@gmail.com