Tag Archives: autism

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 […]

What does “a bit spectrum-y” mean?

Increasingly, as awareness of autism and constructs such as “the autism spectrum” grows, one hears people casually describing their acquaintances with phrases such as “she’s a bit spectrum-y” or “he’s a little autistic“.  Being perfectly honest, I have used such phrases myself. I guess I’ve found it a helpful and succinct way to describe a […]

Phoning it in: are AAC Researchers and Practitioners Keeping up to Date with Recent Research Developments?

This is a guest blog from DART collaborator Noreen Murphy.  You can find out more about Noreen’s project on AAC support and autism at this page. Technology continues to develop at a pace that shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children on the autism spectrum is […]

Getting and becoming an Autistic mentor: a guide for researchers and autistic people

The other day I tweeted, having just had my first mentoring meeting with Kabie. I am an academic, a psychologist, about eight years out from my PhD. Kabie is an autistic advocate, and campaigner. We are both mothers, Scottish residents, and care deeply about getting a better deal for autistic people (and using research to […]

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 […]

Women on the spectrum, the question of aging, and the problem of the PhD

This guest blog comes from the keyboard of Felicity Sedgewick, a PhD student at UCL Institute of Education, based at CRAE (Centre for Research in Autism and Education). I invited Felicity to write the post after supporting her recruitment of participants by sharing her study website on twitter.  This sparked a debate which extends beyond […]

The endless quest for biomarkers: thoughts on IMFAR 2016

A week ago I returned from spending a few days in the USA attending the International Meeting for Autism Research – an annual academic conference, which took place in Baltimore this year. IMFAR, as it is known, is one the highlights of my  year.  An opportunity to get together with researchers from all disciplines who […]

Getting published: the agony and the ecstacy

I was recently delighted to have the report of our randomised controlled trial of an iPad app published in a fantastic journal, Autism. The paper came out in October 2015 and, since the trial itself ended in June 2013, you’d be forgiven for wondering what on earth took us so long. Sorting out the data […]

Waddington’s epigenetic landscape, and being ‘optimally autistic’

In 2003, enrolled on a Masters programme in developmental psychopathology (the study of atypical development – i.e. conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia and others) I was introduced to Waddington’s epigenetic landscape – shown in this image. For him, the image was about the action of genes on development, but for me and many others […]

Experiences of conducting cross-cultural research: a student reflects

This week I’m welcoming my PhD student, Joy Tsai, who is a clinical psychologist from Taiwan and just coming to the end of a PhD researching the experiences of brothers and sisters of children with autism. You can download a TUKS UK summary report here. Finally, it comes to the final stage that I can […]