A response to “screen based lifestyle harms children’s health”

On Christmas Day this year, multiple clinicians and academics wrote to The Guardian newspaper to express their concern about the impact of ‘screentime’ on children’s health. In this post, we will extract key phrases from the letter, which can be seen in its entirety here, and explore whether the evidence upholds the statement. In this, I am joined by…

Autistic person, or person with autism?

In a new(ish) paper (first published a year ago), Lorcan Kenny of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education asks “Which terms should be used to describe autism?“. The paper provides a much-needed empirical analysis of this question which has beset the autism community for years. Conflict over the appropriate terminology to describe both autism itself and specific…

Technology, child development and autism: part three, how does technology affect your health??

This is the third part in a mini-series of blog posts all aiming to address the big concerns that parents and practitioners tend to have about children using technology. The themes were derived from a series of discussions, but particularly a pair of workshops on technology and autism held in February 2016 as part of Innovative…

Technology, child development and autism: part two, is technology addiction real?

So here’s the second in a series of blog posts which I’m aiming to write over a fairly condensed period of time, all drawing on recent discussions which were particularly crystallised by a pair of workshops as part of Innovative Learning Week 2016. All the posts are aiming to provide an evidence-based response to current concerns…

Technology, child development and autism: part one, the horrors of ‘screentime’

In February 2016, together with my colleague Alyssa Alcorn, I held a couple of workshops at the University of Edinburgh as part of the annual Innovative Learning Week. The theme of ILW2016 was ‘Ideas in Play’.  So we decided so gather a bunch of people interested in technology and autism, give them some iPads and apps, and get…