This section of our website contains information about some of our current research projects.
Description: Access is an interactive online employment website which ensures that all parties – whether they are employers and their colleagues, or jobseekers and employees with autism – have ready access to all the resources they need to make the employment of those with autism as easy and successful as possible.
Impact: Based on the experience of Prospects, the National Autistic Society’s supported employment service, this project will provide
More information: Access: Autism Employment Online Information Centre
Description: Benefit Finding is an intervention in which participants take time each day to write about the positive experiences that accompany the stress of caregiving – such as greater appreciation for loved ones, increased appreciation of life, and development of interpersonal resource. It is believed that by doing this caregivers can improve their own mental and physical health and, in turn, improve the quality of life of the child they care for.
Impact: The potential overall reach as a result of the project is substantial. It is estimated that over 500,000 people in the UK are caring for a child with autism. The children they care for, and in many cases their siblings, are also expected to benefit from reduced stress levels in their parents.
More information: Caregiver Stress Project
Description: Self Injurious behaviour is one of the most distressing and hazardous difficulties experienced by a significant number of children and adults with autism and was identified by Research Autism as a priority area. Working with the University of Birmingham and the National Autistic Society through this project is designed to explore all aspects of Self Injurious behaviour from causes to interventions.
Impact: This project will provide important information about the amount, forms and causes of self-injury in people with autism. It will also provide important information about how to provide strategies for early intervention that will prevent and reduce self-injury.
More information: Identifying early risk markers of self-injurious behaviour
Description: This project is designed to establish the prevalence of autism in prison populations.
Impact: This project was conducted with the University of Edinburgh and attempts to estimate the numbers of individuals on the autism spectrum in prison in Scotland with a view to a wider examination across the UK. . An essential part of the project is to validate a screen that was designed by Research Autism (Howlin,Cullen, Mills, Brugha, Corocombe, Wing) that is based on the ASDI (Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Diagnostic interview (Gillberg and Ratram 2001).
More information: We are currently awaiting a report from the University of Edinburgh.
Description: This project conducted with Guys Hospital was a response to a neeed for the rapid and reliable detection of potential problems in children with autism and the need for a reliable and valid clinical screen. that would identify the prevalence, severity, impact and pervasiveness of emotional and behaviour problems. It will also test two different screening tools to see which is better at picking up those problems in community settings.
Impact: This project will provide valuable information to health clinicians on the amount and form of emotional and behaviour problems in children with autism. It will also determine which is the best, low cost, quick screening tool that can be used to identify young children with autism at risk of such problems. This will enable clinicians and others to provide targeted help to those children.
Description:This project is designed to identify the current level or research activity worldwide that will provide a context and help to shape priorities for research over the next decade
Working with the Institute of Education UK we will revisit the data-sets generated by the original research, conducted ten years ago. We will also be involving the autism community in this project to inform our views on priorities.
Impact: This project is designed to
Description: This project is in conjunction with Guys Hospital London and is related to a priority identified by Research Autism concerning sleep problems in autism. This aspect of the work on sleep concerns a clinical trial of the effectiveness of weighted blankets in children with autism who suffer from poor sleep.
Impact: This project will provide evidence of the effects of weighted blankets in children with autism who suffer from poor sleep.
More information. Snuggledown: Sensory weighted blankets in children with autism
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