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The three resources we currently host are 

Sensory Processing”  “Best Practice Resource  and finally the "Teenage Resource"

 

The Centre publishes a research bulletin which is developed to meet the needs of professionals working in education with children and young people with autism. The bulletin provides accessible summaries of relevant peer-reviewed articles. The summaries are structured to provide teachers with easy access to the key points from the research and implications for practice which they can consider integrating into their daily work.

  • Twenty one bulletins have been produced to date. Bulletins 1 to 22 are available to download below. Bulletin 23 will be launched at the conference in May and will be called “Building Capacity”.

Research projects completed:

  • Working Memory and Autism: a project to identify any differences in working memory abilities between children with autism and their typically developing peers.  Download findings here.
  • Sensory Processing and Activity Choices: is a new research study examining the sensory processing and activity choices of children with autism. The study will assist parents and professionals in understanding the sensory preferences of children and how these affect their preferred activities at home and school. This is a study amongst parents of children with Autism aged between 4-11 years in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Download findings here
  • Online Resources: Completion of three online resources, “Sensory Processing” and “Best Practice Resource and finally the "Teenage Resource".  These resources are research led and will include strategies and links to a range of supports and  research  to assist those living or working with children and young people with autism.

Ongoing projects

  • A programme of research based around the Centre’s Learning Support and Advice work with children/young people with autism, their parents and professionals who work with them, in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
  • A programme of evaluations of the Centre’s training to parents and professionals, this includes external evaluations of the Centre’s training work.

Parental Training Project

The Centre have recently completed a new research project which involves providing training to parents/caregivers of children with autism who experience anxiety.  Parents/caregivers of a child with autism aged 10-18 years old from Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland were invited to take part in this project.  Findings from this project are now available by following this link. Findings from Anxiety Parental Research

Current projects underway

Development of three online resources, “Teenage Years”  “Capacity Building” and “Social Communication”.  These resources are research led and will include strategies and links to a range of supports and research to assist those living or working with children and young people with autism.

Parental Training Project

The Centre have recently completed a new research project which involves providing training to parents/caregivers of children with autism who experience anxiety.  Parents/caregivers of a child with autism aged 10-18 years old from Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland were invited to take part in this project.  Findings from this project are now available by following this link. Findings from Anxiety Parental Research