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How film-making can support the development of the social communication skills of autistic children

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posted on 2022-10-24, 14:36 authored by Ben Ewart-Dean

This study investigates how the process of film-making can be used to support the development of social communication in autistic children. The research has its basis in the researcher's own film-makign practice, and was conducted in two stages. In Stage One, the researcher delivered film-making activities with groups of autistic children in an out-of-school environment. He identified some types of social engagement that took place during these activities, and the techniques used to deliver the activities. The methods used to make the films during the Stage One activities informed Stage Two, in which the researcher investigated the work of another practitioner, who was working in a school-based setting with two pupils working as a pair. The analysis of the data gathered from Stage Two resulted in two things; firstly, that the film-making process was separated into a set of sub-processes; secondly, using the person-centred educational framework of SCERTS®, instances of social communication that took place during each sub-process were identified. What the research found was that several types of social communication took place during the film-making activities, which changed depending on what the pupils were doing.

Overall, this research demonstrates that film-making provides autistic children with a screen-based, creative activity that can help to develop their spontaneous social communication and that, providing the right conditions are present, the film-making environment can be a safe communicative space for them.



  • School of Art and Design

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  • Doctoral

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  • PhD

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