We are supporting families with children on the Autistic spectrum in Glasgow, by running free drama workshops. The project is based in an area of multi-levelled deprivation, and so we provide a free meal at the start of each session. We focus on social interaction and communication skills, and at the end of term would like to take the families to an autistic-friendly theatre performance.
Many families live in varying levels of deprivation in this particular area of Glasgow, and can feel isolated due to their financial and social situation. Those with children on the autistic spectrum can be further excluded, as they often find social situations difficult to handle, and the children can struggle in school. They often find it difficult to participate in the same social activities as their peers.
Kids Play Family Drama provide free drama workshops which are tailor-made to help bond families with children on the autistic spectrum, by creating a nurturing environment for the children and their families to learn, create and express themselves. We focus on improving communication skills and concentration, and also teach the parents games they can play at home to help connect with their child, and meet other families . We will also provide a healthy meal at the start of each session.
The project will provide a safe space for socially excluded families to come and actively engage in creative workshops that would not usually be available to them. We will create a nurturing environment for both the children and adults to meet other families in similar circumstances, addressing the problem of social exclusion by creating a support network. The children will be assisted with their communication skills and concentration, which will positively impact their learning in school.