Over the last few years, PLUS has supported several Asperger’s projects – Asperger’s Team Up, Asperger’s Mark II, and now Asperger’s Mark 3, or just ‘AM3’, for short.

 

The AM3 group started back in June 2013 and has supported a group of young people aged 12-17 who have Asperger’s Syndrome. The group came together on a fortnightly basis, taking part in a variety of sessions, from team building and internet safety, to social activities like going for dinner and to the cinema.

 

The AM3 group came up with a focus to raise awareness of Asperger’s Syndrome and continue the work of the previous projects. PLUS teamed up with Fixers, a national charity that supports young people aged 16-25 to tackle any issue that matters to them.

 

Working in two smaller groups the young people developed two short films that give an insight into how people with Asperger’s think and understand things.

 

The first film, titled Asperger’s Syndrome: Being Clear on Metaphors’, is a cartoon style animation used to describe how young people with Asperger’s can get confused by everyday metaphors and sayings. The young people hope the film will encourage people to consider the words and phrases they use when having a conversation with somebody with Asperger’s.

 

We wanted the film to be tongue-in-cheek, but at the same time make a serious point about some of the challenges we face, particularly when talking to other people.”

 

The second film, Asperger’s Syndrome: Understanding Thought Processes’, explores how people with Asperger’s piece the world together through the idea of a jigsaw.

 

The aim behind our film is to stop others from judging people with Asperger’s and give us a chance.  If you are finding it difficult to communicate with someone who has Asperger’s, don’t dismiss them. Just get to know them better.

 

On the 17th of June the films were premiered at the MacRobert Arts Centre at Stirling University. It was a great event with a real buzz and enthusiasm from the crowd. The films were introduced by some of the members of the AM3 who also answered questions in a highly informative Q&A session at the end. Autism Network Scotland was lucky to get an interview with the team after the film showing.

 

Ronan who was involved in the animation film stated “It was really good fun to make the film. People with Aspergers can often get confused by what people say and can get annoyed, this film is trying to show how you can help them understand“. Daniel, who helped with the sound effects on the animation stated ” I really enjoyed learning about audio productions and editing“.

Another member of AM3, Paul, told us ” the best thing about the project was learning about all the forms of autism” he went on to explain ” My thoughts on autsim are that autism is a certain mindset. My brain is like a computer and the central nevrous system is like a wifi. people with autism have issues with their wifi. So when their mind jumbles up the wifi has to make new connections to make a working brain

 

If you are interested in finding out more about the films, or would like access to the links, please contact Steph Millar on 01786 450086, or email inc@plus-stirling.org.uk     For more information about PLUS, please refer to our website: www.plus-stirling.org.uk