Ben has recently completed a PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University's School of Art & Design; an investigation into the way in which film-making can help to develop the social communication skills of autistic children.
The project started as a reflection on Ben's own practice, delivering animation workshops to autistic children. It then moved on to observe the work of another practitioner, delivering similar activities in a school. The research establishes the activity of film-making as one that is rich in social opportunities for autistic children, providing a robust basis for further work exploring the ways in which it can be used to develop their social skills. If you would like to find out a little more about Ben's research, you can read the abstract from his PhD thesis here.
Ben is available to share insights into the research process and his approach to research. If you would like to discuss speaking opportunities, training or other research ideas please get in touch, using the form below.