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Playing A/Part: Autistic Girls, Identities and Creativity

Research questions

1.

What can participatory arts contribute to the understanding and documentation of the experiences and characteristics of autistic girls and women?

  • How do autistic girlsĀ andĀ  adolescentsĀ articulate their experiences through participatory arts practices?
  • What are the distinctive characteristics of autistic girls and adolescents as expressed through participatory arts practices? Are there specific strengths and difficulties?
  • How do a) autistic women and b) a range of disciplinary experts in the autism field make sense of the experiences and characteristics of autistic girls and women?

2.

What role can participatory arts practices play in enhancing psychological well-being through supporting self-perception, self-expression and creativity in autistic adolescents and girls?

  • How do participatory arts practices impact on: a) aspects of the self-perception (self-awareness and self-efficacy); and b) the self-expression and creativity of autistic girls and adolescents?
  • How do participatory arts practices impact on the well-being and self-esteem of autistic girls and adolescents?
  • What is the relationship between the self-perception, self-expression and creativity of autistic girls and their wellbeing and self-esteem?

3.

How can autism in girls and women become more visible through arts and media practices, and be communicated, evidenced and translated for the benefit of this community and beyond academia?

  • How can autistic women contribute to the education and development of younger generations of autistic girls?
  • How can the experiences of autistic girls and women be translated to academic and non-academic audiences?