26 March 2014
With Level 2 of Autism Arts, Abigail Barragry opens widely the world of imagination to the children on the autistic spectrum. The book proposes a structured programme and exercises that stimulate the children to explore feelings, brilliantly encouraging both recognizing and expressing them.
Continuing level 1, level 2 progresses into a higher level of self-awareness and awareness of others. Step by step, the book paves the way towards learning empathy in children on the autistic spectrum.
Stories are used as containers, structured frameworks and opportunities to stimulate cognition (comprehension, sequencing, memory), communication (listening, expression, group work), imagination and creativity.
I particularly appreciated the gradual progression into the world of imagination, from the concrete world to the fairy tales, and the brilliant use of Sue Jennings’ embodiment-projection-role paradigm for exploring the world of feelings. Anyone who works in this area will definitely appreciate this book and its balanc