Celebrating Success of young people with Autism

Celebration event at New Park School

Celebration event at New Park School

On Wednesday 23 September a group of inspirational children and young people from Salford celebrated their creative achievements during the 2015 Lowry Project. 21 young people with Autism and other learning disabilities arrived at The Lowry excited to share their art work, drama games and films with their families, teachers, carers and supporters.
The children from Springwood Primary & New Park High School have taken part in over 166 hours of arts workshops since January 2015. During these sessions they’ve tried new activities and met lots of new people – this was a huge challenge for many of the young people involved because changes of timetable, space, people and activities can be difficult to cope with for someone with Autism. The artists were sensitive to these challenges and the sessions were structured to meet the needs of the groups in a safe, fun and creative way that enabled them to develop coping strategies. The children learned that they could enjoy meeting new people and doing new things. One young person at New Park High school began the project dreading the arrival of the artists and by the end she was begging them to stay!

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