The Playing A/Part project takes a participatory and interdisciplinary approach to exploring the identities and lived experiences of autistic girls aged 11-16.
We have drawn upon the lived experience of the autism community, practice-based research methodologies in arts and media, and psychology mixed methods to co-design for use by teenage autistic girls:
- a creative toolkit
- a programme of in-person participatory arts workshops
- a set of online creative resources
The in-person participatory arts workshops, which combine improvisatory drama, storytelling techniques, puppetry and interactive media technologies, are designed to help autistic girls:
- explore and express different aspects of their identity and lived experiences
- feel more positive and confident about themselves and improve their mental health and wellbeing
The workshops were initially designed and developed during phase 1 of the project to be delivered in-person to small groups of autistic girls. However, due to Covid-19, we have now translated the creative toolkit and workshops into a set of online resources.
For the online creative resources, we are using an online educational platform (Prospero) together with zoom workshops to deliver the creative toolkit to the autistic girls over a 6-week programme.
These online resources are currently being trialled in different educational settings as part of phase 2 of the Playing A/Part project. Psychology mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) are being used to evaluate their effectiveness in facilitating a more positive view of the self and in improving mental health and well-being.
More details about each phase of the Playing A/Part project are provided under the relevant tabs below.