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Autism & Bereavement

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  • Autism & Bereavement
    A pack and guide to help children with autism overcome bereavement
  • This is my Final Major piece for my university course, I chose the question 

    "Can design help children with Autism overcome bereavement?"

    Children with Autism find it hard to deal with their emotions, therefore I wanted to create something that would help autistic children find it easier to deal with their difficulties in life such as their emotions.

    I created a story book and designed it in the appropriate ways in which it would help autistic children to their best ability, this included adding lines through out as autistic children like to follow lines, i believed that this would help the children engage more with the story. 

    I also designed and got printed emotion stickers so that when the child reads through the story and understands the characters body language they can apply the sticker to the correct page and correct emotion to help them understand what their emotions is. 

    I based my story around an elephant called Olli (based on the archaic spelling of Olifant) because elephants are the only animals that cry and grief if a member of their herd die. Throughout the story the elephant meets different animals who guide him through the journey to recovery by telling Olli to complete different activities including drawing different pictures on card and pegging them up. This is to help encourage them to join in and engage to overcome their grief. 

    Fortunately a school are extremely interested in this pack and believe it could be used Nationwide. 

    If you wish to find out any more about this pack and are interested in it please send me a message and I would love to explain it further. 
  • I chose to name my pack 'sad' because it is an acronym of 'ASD - Autism Syndrome Disorder'
  • Once my final piece was created I decided to test it out by setting up a stall.