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This publication is the fifth in a series that describes design research projects carried out by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in partnership with autism charity the Kingwood Trust, which provides support and accommodation for adults with autism.
Design Everyday Activities -Living Environments for Adults with Autism
This publication is the fourth in a series that describes design research projects carried out by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in partnership with The Kingwood Trust. The overall aim of the work is to improve the everyday experiences for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through a better understanding of their needs, aspirations and physical environment.
The research investigates how those whom Kingwood support perceive everyday activities and engage with them. The project seeks to help Kingwood’s support staff to develop a design framework that will help to transform or adapt everyday activities in the home. The objective is to make the ordinary extraordinary – to design activities that foster opportunities to develop skills and encourage meaningful interactions between people with autism and Kingwood support staff. Everyday activities such as doing laundry, cleaning, cooking a meal or operating electrical appliances help us to develop life skills, to live independently and to keep our homes clean and enjoyable to live in. Most of us take this for granted even though performing these activities demands a substantial amount of body co-ordination, motivation and adaptive skills such as physical dexterity, motor skills, planning, organisational abilities and social communication skills.
Green Spaces - Outdoor Environments for People with Autism
This publication is the third in a series that describes design research projects carried out by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in partnership with The Kingwood Trust. The aim of the work is to improve housing for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through better understanding of their needs, aspirations and the physical environment.
Currently research into garden design and special interests within autism is limited and tends to focus on children. Here the research partnership explores how the design of outdoor areas or ‘green spaces’ are used to support the specific needs of adults with autism and so improve the quality of their lives. The research has also informed the development of the new garden at Kingwood College, resulting in a practical expression of its findings.
Towards best practice in supporting people with Aspergers syndrome - A guide to principles and practice from The Kingwood Trust
During the last ten years there has been an explosion of national interest in the range of conditions known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) exemplified by the passing of legislation for a specific condition for the first time in the UK with the Autism Act 2009. National strategies have been written in England, Wales and Scotland and advice on good practice prepared. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) published clinical guidelines for children with autism in 2011 and will publish guidelines for adults with autism in 2012. Asperger syndrome (AS) is an autism spectrum disorder and thus falls within the scope of all these initiatives.
However in searching for guidance to support change in practice at Kingwood it was found that:
• Specific research evidence of effectiveness of initiatives and interventions in adults with Asperger syndrome is weak.
• Publications mainly concern themselves with issues facing the whole autism spectrum. Kingwood feels that a dedicated focus on Asperger syndrome is needed to ensure this group does not get lost in the overall consideration of ASD and to ensure its specific needs are addressed.
The guide will be used by Kingwood and will be disseminated widely to local authority and clinical commissioning consortia as well as to service providers in the field. View the guide here.
Ready Steady Make – A guide to making sensory props
The following booklet provides a reference guide for making 6 different sensory props. Sensory props are designed to stimulate primary senses and are beneficial to many people with Autism, helping them to develop many important skills.
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This sensory prop project was undertaken as part of a research study, conducted by the Kingwood Trust and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, in 2011. For more information on this study or housing design for adults with autism, please visit www.hhc.rca.ac.uk.
Living in the Community - Housing Design for Adults with Autism
The importance that design can play in improving the living environment for people with autism has until now gone largely unrecognised. At Kingwood we were convinced that the impact of housing design sensitive to the particular needs of people with autism would be significant, with the potential to improve their quality of life immeasurably. We therefore commissioned Professor Jeremy Myerson and his team at the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art to carry out this study.
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Exploring Sensory Preferences – Living Environments for Adults with Autism
The second publication in the series by Professor Jeremy Myerson and his team at the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art , describes a design research project aimed at developing ways to support adults with Autism to better manage relationships with their home environments and other people by creating living accommodation that is more sensitive to their sensory needs.
The publication draws findings from the published guide into making sensory props (Ready Steady Make listed above) and the associated staff development workshops for support workers which promotes the development of skills in understanding sensory challenges and making sensory props.
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Kingwood Lecture Series
A list of past and upcoming lectures - click to download
Post Action Reviews - 28 September 2009
This report contains a record of the Post Action Reviews (PARs) undertaken for the Development Process and Design of Property A, South Oxfordshire and Property B, West Oxfordshire . The focus of the PARs was the capture of learning from the two facilities to inform future developments both locally and nationally. Download pdf.
Post Action Review - 28 September 2009
This report contains a record of the Post Action Reviews (PARs) undertaken for the Design of Property A, South Oxfordshire and Property B, West Oxfordshire. The focus of the PARs was the capture of learning from the two facilities to inform future developments both locally and nationally. Download pdf.
‘A Life in the Community’ with revised introduction by Dr Lorna Wing & Eileen Hopkins
In 2001 Kingwood participated in a steering group for a major piece of research to explore the issues faced by people with autism and their families, identify good practice and develop a set of recommendations that would contribute to improvements across agencies at all levels. A copy of this report can be viewed below, together with a revised foreword by Dr Lorna Wing and Eileen Hopkins which looks at what's changed since the findings from the research were first published. Read report.