Co-constructing the Evidence Base

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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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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Widening horizons through participatory design with autistic students (Student Project)

Verity Ward. PhD in Education. In recent years those specialising in the design of technologies for autistic people have made increasing efforts to involve them in the design process through participatory design approaches. In doing so, they move away from deficit-focused thinking and value the knowledge and contribution which autistic people can make to their …

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Strategies for creating inclusive environments: learning from neurodiversity (Funded Project)

Sarah Parsons, Bronagh Walsh, Kate Freeth , Joe Cunningham, Rachael Howe We are a group of researchers and educators who share a commitment to strengthening our inclusive practices in order to improve outcomes for neurodiverse students, including those on the autism spectrum. This project will establish a Neurodiversity Action Learning Set [NeurALS] with colleagues from …

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To what extent does an autistic child’s behaviour differ between school and home? Children, teacher and parents’ perspectives. (Student Project)

Ciara Boys. BSc Education and Psychology. I’m Ciara Boys, and I’m currently in my 3rd year studying BSc Education and Psychology at the University of Southampton. My dissertation is titled ‘To what extent does an autistic child’s behaviour differ between school and home? Children, teacher and parents’ perspectives’. From research and practice, we know that …

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Autism Participatory/Co-constructed Partnerships in Research – What is in the Literature? (Student Project)

Sophie Hall. BSc Education and Psychology.  In recent years, there has been a call for more community based research partnerships, in which members of the autism community (including autistic people, families and practitioners) work alongside researchers to create and inform research.  Studies have highlighted that the autism community are generally dissatisfied about the type of …

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