This project is being designed with service users at the heart of the planning process. The project leaves design gaps so that the project has natural ways to develop and change to suit the needs of the participants and families that are involved in it. Michael Watson, one of the programme leaders said “Performing arts is an incredibly useful medium to assist the development of people with autism and has been noted in a number of studies.”
Matt Campbell, the other programme leader said “Performing arts can be instrumental in not just enriching and entertaining children and young people on the autistic spectrum, but also as an educational and developmental tool as well. Through engaging with this project, we hope to help service users develop their communication skills, self-confidence, group working skills, emotional understandings and their sense of self. We will do this through various means throughout the project.”
This project will utilise digital media, face to face sessions (when appropriate – due to the pandemic) and live performance.
Michael Foster, the project coordinator said “We aim to create an unforgettable experience that our participants will carry with them for the rest of their lives which will bring with it lifelong skills that performing arts inherently provides.”
This project is live on the Daisy Chain website now and is open for applications.