Abigail Barragry

Autism Arts Level 3


A drama syllabus for children on the autism spectrum

Level 3 of the Autism Arts syllabus brings drama therapy to high functioning autistic pupils. Ideal for experienced facilitators and newcomers to drama.



Autism Arts Level 3 follows the way creative arts and drama-therapy are increasingly used to help people with special educational needs to explore, reflect and develop when linguistic ability or intellectual functioning restricts their self-expression.

Autism Arts Level 3: A drama syllabus for children on the autism spectrum is for use by facilitators with and without drama experience, encourages children on the autistic spectrum to learn, interact and develop. Through storytelling, group activities and arts and crafts, students can improve their social skills, self-expression, vocal and physical skills, and imagination.

During the course, children are encouraged to take part in fun and imaginative activities, including singing, dancing, making sock puppets, and acting in the interactive stories Sandy’s Jungle Adventure and The Land of Smilealot!

The Autism Arts Level 3 syllabus covers three levels, from low to high functioning. Each is level is one year long and comprises three terms with 12 lessons per term. Level 3 draws on the previous learning to encourage students to develop an integrated sense of self. The content is aimed at children and young people from five to fifteen.

Includes CD-rom with supplementary material.

“Abigail Barragry’s wonderful new drama syllabus for children on the autism spectrum offers a three tier course that is easily accessible by both newcomers to the field and also experienced practitioners. At its heart is a belief that drama can be a powerful tool for teaching and learning, even in connection with this very challenging group of children. The courses takes Sue Jennings’ embodiment-projection-role paradigm as one of its underpinning themes, and challenges us to move away from ‘contain and train’ approach to working with autistic children. The documentation is packed with easily accessible practical exercises, which are strongly supported with tips for trainers. I shall be dipping into these materials for many years to come.”

Professor Fraser Brown PhD, Playwork Team, Leeds Metropolitan University

The additional two manuals make up a drama syllabus to help children on the autism spectrum develop their communication skills, life skills and self-confidence.

Autism Arts Level 1: low functioning autistic children and young people.

Autism Arts Level 2: Intermediate functioning autistic children and young people.



Autism Arts Level 3: A drama syllabus for children on the autism spectrum is aimed at those working with low functioning children and young people on the autism spectrum; teachers and trainers running groups for young people with autism; SEN and mainstream schools.


ISBN: 9781909810389
Publication: 01 November 2013
About the author

Foreword by Dr Sue Jennings



Level 1,Term 1: Me and my family

Term 2: Into the sea

Term 3: Fables and morals CD rom with supplementary material


Abigail Barragry has worked around the world using the arts as a tool to teach, empower and bring groups together. She has spent extensive time in Malaysia where she pioneered the use of drama in education and for psychosocial development. Abigail has given numerous presentations on the benefits of creativity and expression in mental health, and conducted extensive research on this area at the University of Malaya.

Abigail has been doing drama with children and young people for many years to target specific barriers faced by individuals and groups. In particular, she has created programmes for children on the autistic spectrum, those with Down’s syndrome and those who have not had the same positive start in life as their peers.

As director of a performing arts enrichment centre, Abigail has spent considerable time fine-tuning programmes, training teachers and closely monitoring international developments in the field. As drama specialist for the National Autism Society of Malaysia, she created their official three-year drama programme.


  1. Ioana Serb

    Autism Arts level 3 fully goes into exploring relationships, by helping children on the autistic spectrum to identify and categorize them, culminating with helping them understand the complex and flexible links between themselves and others. Abigail Barragray builds upon and integrates the previous two levels – body, voice, projection, role-playing are used in a very balanced and integrated way to develop roles and the understanding of roles. Self-awareness of the children on the autistic spectrum is taken to the higher level of using the self in relation to others, through fun creative exercises, altogether with stimulating and using the imagination as a way of learning. The main bonus in my opinion is that using drama helps children on the autistic spectrum to find, develop and show their strengths, helps them to build on their self-confidence – all these show throughout the 3 levels of Abigail Barragray’s Autistic Arts, but is particularly visible in level 3. I believe Autistic Arts (with all its 3 volumes)

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