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Young people with autism and the primary-secondary school transition

I have just completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester, jointly funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Simon Fellowship. This explores the impact and experience of the primary to secondary transition for young people with autism spectrum conditions. Please click on the Transition Project page for more information, feedback and downloadable material.

From September 2016, I am working at Leeds Trinity University as a senior lecturer in Educational Psychology and researcher. I am also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I initially trained as a secondary school teacher and taught modern languages for over a decade. My growing interest in educating young people with additional needs – and specifically those with autism – led to me returning to university to study for an MEd in the Psychology of Education, followed by a PhD in Education and Psychology.

I have since worked closely with autistic children, their families and schools on projects aimed at promoting a positive experience of education. This has included research on mental health, bullying, friendship, interventions, and currently the transition from primary to secondary school. I am especially interested in the importance of schools (and society more broadly) in generating an inclusive environment in which young autistic people can achieve their potential. I also have a keen interest in developing a better understanding of autism in girls and how their experience of education can be maximised.

Please contact me if you have any questions or feedback about my research.

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