Meet Arlo, a 13-year-old in London who has autism and has struggled to fit in and to perceive others’ emotions. Explore the themes of identity and belonging in this new storyworld and learn about neurodiversity, fitting in at school and the creative world of cosplay.
Trailer to storyworld Choose your character
What is neurodiversity?
Illustration from one of the rich media article "All Kinds of Minds" available in the Choose Your Character storyworld
Teaching materials in this storyworld explain neurodiversity and autism and examine how neurodiverse minds like Arlo's might work. Rich media articles explore ways that we can all be more inclusive of people with autism, consider their individuality and be conscious of the different ways they might process information.
"Sensory overload….. It basically feels like my walls are caving in. Everything is so big and I'm so small"
IN BEING SOMEONE ELSE
What is Cosplay?
Arlo getting ready in storyworld Choose your Character
Arlo uses something called Cosplay as a way to help with their self-identity. Cosplay is a community where young people usually dress up as characters, mostly from anime, games and TV shows. For Arlo, who says they are not always "comfortable in their own skin", it's a way to express their identity, to socialise and to feel like they belong. Cosplay is also a coping mechanism for Arlo, and allowing them to portray themselves onto fictional characters has helped with finding their identity.
"A way to see what it's like to be someone else. It just makes me feel good."
IN BEING SOMEONE ELSE
Photo collage of Arlo
Arlo, formerly Imogen, identifies as non-binary. Materials explain the difference between ‘gender' and ‘sex' and clickable rich media articles illustrate that gender can be fluid and changeable and we should be kind to ourselves and to those discovering their own identity. Gender isn't just about your body but about how you feel. Articles will demystify gender identity terms such as cisgender, gender fluid, intersex, transgender and non-binary.
Choose Your Character storyworld at a glance
Examples of the rich media article in Choose Your Character storyworld
A powerful short documentary film ‘Being Someone Else'.
A follow up interview with Arlo at 15 years old exploring how their life has changed since the film was made.
Rich media articles covering:
Minds of all kinds (short and long versions)
What is cosplay?
Gender identity part 1 and part 2
Interactive 360° spaces:
Arlo in their garden
Camden in London 360° scene
Camden in London 360 video
The Millenium Bridge in London 360° scene
The Millenium Bridge in London 360° video
Lesson and assembly plans to be included with this storyworld: