We were awarded a two year research grant of £20k from The British Association of Dramatherapists to conduct the first ever feasibility study in the UK focusing on group dramatherapy and the reduction of anxiety with children who have a primary diagnosis of autism in mainstream school settings.
We are proud to be undertaking this innovative research as a voluntary sector organisation working in partnership with, top ranked university King’s College, London and to have further validated the ASC-ASD (Rodgers et al., 2016) outcome measure within our study.
As of July 2019 we have completed a very successful fieldwork stage (Sept 18 to July 19). We are delighted to report that our interview with children, parents and teachers reached 100% data return. This places us in a very strong position for our analysis and shows that those involved in the research wanted to express their voices and tell us how important being part of this study is to them.
We are delighted to be delivering our preliminary findings to a delegation of arts therapists at the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE) conference in September and will be writing journal articles and for other publications over the subsequent months.
Our thanks to The British Association of Dramatherapists and Dr Emma Ramsden.
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