Research

Voices Through Art Workshops at the Hansard Gallery

The Voices Through Art project team have been busy during the summer, holding two workshops at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. The first workshop involved students from New Forest School and the second workshop included professionals from a range of settings. We wanted to seek a range of views and feedback for the development of our comics …

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Voices Through Art: Creating Four Short Comics Targeted at Young Autistic People Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School (Funded Project)

Voices Through Art is a collaborative project between the Autism Community Research Network @ Southampton [ACoRNS], Samantha Davies, independent artist, and New Forest School. It is an impact project designing four short comics targeted at autistic children transitioning from primary to secondary school. The transition between primary and secondary school is a daunting process, even …

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‘Our Stories…’: co-constructing Digital Storytelling methodologies for supporting the transitions of autistic children

Why the project is needed The long-term social, educational, and employment outcomes for autistic people remain poor. There is a longstanding gap between research and practice such that these poor outcomes are not being adequately addressed despite over 40 years of research. This has led to calls for research to develop more participatory methods that …

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Developing Autistic Young Peoples’ Emotional Regulation Skills: A Case Study of a Residential Special School (Student Project)

Joanne Bennett. Doctorate in Educational Psychology. Autistic children and young people are recognised as often having difficulties with emotional regulation (Prizant et al., 2006). The Zones of Regulation (Kuypers, 2011) is a curriculum that has been designed to support young people to recognise and communicate their emotions and use regulation tools. It aims to develop …

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An exploration of the impact of nurture groups on autistic children in mainstream secondary schools (Student Project)

Jo Corney. PhD in Education. Recent studies show that many autistic children are placed in educational settings which are unable to accommodate their needs. However, they are expected to continue along the same progression path as all other children. As a result, autistic children are more likely to experience social isolation and mental health issues …

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Using the intense interests of autistic pupils to improve motivation and engagement in secondary education (Student Project)

Roseanna Louise Tansley. Integrated PhD in Education. 1.3% (42,555 pupils) of the secondary school population in England have autism identified as a primary need and there are numerous reports of poor academic and social experiences amongst this group. The intense interests that form part of an autism diagnosis relate to an increased focus on specific …

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