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Imagining the Ecologies of Autism

Trimingham, Melissa and Shaughnessy, Nicola (2018) Imagining the Ecologies of Autism. In: Kemp, Ricl and McConachie, Bruce, eds. The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science. Routledge Companions . Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-04889-8. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Imagine a child who does not communicate verbally, does not engage in eye contact, meaningful interaction with their physical environment, families or peer group, and who apparently displays no imagination. Imagine a child engaging in repetitive actions such as rocking, hand flapping or spinning, seeking sensory stimulation through head banging and tasting non-edible items (pica). Imagine a child locked in their own world. This is classic autism, an enigma which continues to frustrate, frighten yet fascinate. Yet this condition is not ‘beyond remediation’ (Baron-Cohen et alia: 2009). This article is the story of a cross-cultural exchange, perhaps better described as a mutual imbrication, between the ‘neurodiverse’ community of autists and the ‘neurotypical’ communities most of us inhabit.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: autism, drama, puppetry, communication
Subjects: L Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Nicola Shaughnessy
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 15:49 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 15:13 UTC
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