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Imagining Autism features on ITV Meridian news

8 November 2018

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Dr Melissa Trimingham, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts, was interviewed by ITV Meridian news today regarding a residency at The Beacon, a school in Folkestone, to engage children with autism in multisensory play.

The initiative emerged from the Arts and Humanities Research Council Imagining Autism project, a collaboration between Melissa and Nicola Shaughnessy, Professor of Performance in the Department of Drama and Theatre, and colleagues from the School of Psychology, the Tizard Centre, and the Gulbenkian Theatre to use drama, puppetry, sound and media, to engage children with autism.

The report coincided with a residency at The Beacon which culminated in an Imagining Autism Family Day  last Saturday, 3 November 2018, which featured the multisensory environment housed in the specially created 'pod' in which children engaged in an interactive imaginative story, travelling into space.

The news report is available to watch online here:



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