On participatory research and building the evidence base

On Friday afternoon (in retrospect a foolish decision – never post anything controversial on twitter just before the weekend) I posted a series of tweets sharing this new project page. The project is a multi-site fully-powered clinical trial of a new manualised intervention for parents of autistic children. Let’s break that down a bit. Multi-site…

Is early autism intervention compatible with neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a somewhat fraught term – for some associated with a specific socio-political movement, for others a more neutral descriptor. One source of conflict between those who explicitly adopt and endorse a neurodiversity framework and those who reject it is the perception that neurodiversity is incompatible with provision of support. This is important for…

Déjà-vu at IMFAR 2017

I’m back in the office after my usual annual pilgimage to the International Meeting for Autism Research (aka IMFAR) which took place this year in San Francisco. As usual, it was inspiring to be among so many researchers and, increasingly, autistic people (including autistic researchers, of course) gathered together to share their work. The quality of debate…

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…