Pilot study: Can the draft film Broken support trainee teachers’ understanding of autism communication issues in mainstream classrooms?
The draft film Broken (Rimmer, 2020) is an artistic impression that aims to articulate dysfluency from an autistic viewpoint. This paper reports on a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of the film as a tool to support trainee teachers’ understanding of fluency issues in autistic pupils in the mainstream classroom. The study positions what is a personal perspective as articulated in the film within the wider autism literature, and reports and discusses trainees’ responses to the film. Implications for future Initial Teacher Education in this area – including resultant adaptations of the film – are discussed.
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