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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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How do Virtual Schools Support Looked After Autistic Children? (Student Project)

Lynn De La Fosse. Doctorate in Educational Psychology. Department for Education statistics show that children who are looked after have poorer academic outcomes than their non-looked after peers, including lower attainment in reading, writing, maths and science. Little research has looked specifically at the outcomes of looked-after children with additional needs. Children who are looked …

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Exploring the views of siblings of autistic children in a residential school (Student Project)

Lisa Chen-Wilson. BSc Education and Psychology. As part of my degree in BSc Education and Psychology, I’m carrying out a dissertation project to explore the views of siblings of autistic children in a residential school. Research often tends to collate data on parent and teacher views, but there is currently little academic literature on sibling …

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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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Using Digital Stories to facilitate autistic young people to have a voice in their transition to adulthood (Student Project)

Stephanie Lewis. Doctorate in Educational Psychology. The importance of eliciting the voices of young people and their participation within decision making on matters that affect their lives, is robustly supported within government guidelines and legislation. However, previous research suggests that due to perceived communication barriers, children and young people on the autism spectrum are frequently …

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Using creative methods to research and support autistic children in their transition to secondary school (Student Project)

Chloe East. PhD Psychology. Transitioning from primary to secondary school can be challenging for autistic children and their families. Issues with home/school communication, organisational challenges and concerns about bullying and friendships have all been found to be particularly stressful for the child and his or her family at this time.  Although research has identified some …

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Looked-after children on the Autism Spectrum: Pathways, provisions and perspectives. (Student Project)

Jen Pickles. Doctorate in Educational Psychology. Previous research, as well as statistics produced by the UK government, highlights how children who are looked-after are less likely to make academic progress when compared to children who are not in care. These outcomes become more concerning when looked-after children also have a statement of SEN or an …

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Processes for local authorities recording and monitoring autism spectrum diagnoses within the looked-after children population. (Student Project)

Jessica Keevash MSc Research Methods in Psychology. As part of my Masters, I will be completing a dissertation to extend the work carried out by Parsons, McCullen, Emery and Kovshoff (2018) which investigated the processes local authorities implement to report on the diagnosis status of Looked-After Children with autism at a strategic level. The aim …

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