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CollaboLearn

- Playful Learning for Life

 

We do basic research in practice to strengthen social inclusion of children on the spectrum. The project takes an implementation-based approach to developing a new pedagogical method for playful social learning. Autistic children co-develop innovative social learning activities and strategies for pedagogical documentation together with teachers/pedagogues, researchers, and parents.

 

CollaboLearn is a collaboration between Langagerskolen, a large public school that specializes in autism, and researchers at the Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University. The project combines recent insights into play, learning and pedagogical documentation with a new theoretical understanding of autistic sociality. Thus, the project blazes a new trail for using basic research to find innovative solutions to strengthen the social inclusion of all citizens in our welfare society.

 

In CollaboLearn, we find that a strong and stable partnership between practitioners and researchers is invaluable in developing sustainable social entrepreneurship anchored in the everyday lives of autistic children and their adults.

 

“Langagerskolen is proud of our partnership with the Interacting Minds Centre in this project that develops a new playful pedagogy for social learning in autism. The project empowers autistic children to take part in social groups - and thus strengthen their social inclusion. We believe that the close partnership between academics and practitioners creates a strong knowledge foundation that will be an asset in our work to enhance social access with autistic citizens.”
  - Jens Frostholm, director at Langagerskolen.

 

The project is supported by THE VELUX FOUNDATION. We have previously been awarded funding for our work in this project from TrygFonden, The Innovation Foundation, Sofiefonden, PLAYTrack seed-funding and bricks from the LEGO Foundation.

 

Jens Frostholm,
School director,
Langagerskolen, Viby J  

Andreas Roepstorff,
Professor and Director,
Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University    

Ella Paldam, PhD
Carlsberg Foundation postdoc, PLAYTrack, Interacting Minds Centre, AU

Line Gebauer, PhD,
Associate professor, Aarhus University &
Clinical psychologist, Langagerskolen, Viby J   

Rikke Steensgaard
Psychologist, playdeveloper and facilitator
IMC, Aarhus University & Langagerskolen

Tina Tønnesen
Pedagogical consultant
Langagerskolen

Stine Strøm Lundsgaard
Play facilitator and analyst
IMC, Aarhus University & Langagerskolen
(on maternity leave till mid-Nov 2021)

Savhannah Schulz
PhD fellow, PLAYTrack, Interacting Minds Centre, AU & Pedagogy of Play Project

Amos Blanton
PhD fellow, PLAYTrack, Interacting Minds Centre, AU & DOKK1, Aarhus

Liam Nilsen
Specialist in playful learning and tinkering

MobilizeMe
Digital structural support tools for people with cognitive challenges, eg. autism and ADHD.

 

Ella Paldam, PhD
Carlsberg Foundation postdoc, PLAYTrack, Interacting Minds Centre, AU

Line Gebauer, PhD,
Associate professor, Aarhus University &
Clinical psychologist, Langagerskolen, Viby J