Art & Mindfulness for Autistic Adults

We are once again teaming up with the Art House to run a course specifically for adults on the autism spectrum about mindfulness. The course is open to everyone and you don’t need any special experience or skills to come along!! The poster is above but full details are below.

It is well known that people on the autistic spectrum have higher than normal stress levels due to sensory processing issues. Although the sessions will not be a form of therapy, creative activity can provide a therapeutic type of benefit, especially in a group setting and in facilitated dialogue sessions. This will hopefully aid a stronger sense of identity and greater confidence. The aim is to empower.

Start date: Friday 10th November. 1pm-3pm
(same time and place each week for six weeks)

This programme has been specially developed for Adults with Autism.

Through a range of user-led activities, supported by presentations and exercises including mindfulness and group dialogue, the aim of this programme is to prompt self-discovery, explore ideas of identity and autism, support personal narratives and encourage deeper communication and confidence, within our own temporary community.

We will create textual, visual and oral work that explores our own lives and communities. Greater confidence will be achieved through positively succeeding in challenging personal projects and validation of your project in group dialogue and by display. All activities are optional.

Sessions include:

Guided mindfulness
My semi-fictional autobiography
Play Power
Imagination & Design
Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain
Sacred Geometry
Storytelling
Readings
Self portrait
Dialogue

There will hopefully also be a specially made website to upload your own work and text.

Special requirements: The programme has been designed from a strengths-based autism perspective. Provision will be made as required for special needs and sensitivities.
– All art materials will be provided and you can bring your own too.
– You don’t need to have any experience or done the taster session
– You do need the ability to follow some basic ground rules (listening, respect confidentiality etc.)
– Attendance for full programme is better for you and the group
– Due to the possibility of sensory overload, users are free to take time out of the room in the cafe downstairs.

Booking

Cost: £20 for the course. Free for people on benefits, students and over 50’s. Places are limited to twelve people. Please email me to register or to ask questions: jonnydrury@gmail.com