Tag Archives: research

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 […]

Think you’re your own harshest critic? Try peer review…

This month’s blog is written by me with Duncan Astle, a colleague whose intellectual brilliance is only exceeded by his charm. Peer review is a lynch-pin of the scientific process and bookends every scientific project. But despite the crucial importance of the peer review process in determining what research gets funded and published, in our […]

Advice for students (or, at least, for my students…)

Back in 2014 I wrote this blog post about managing your supervisor. The post was a way to consolidate some thoughts about my preferred supervision style.  Since then I have shared the link with every new student who comes to work with me and it has been hugely useful. Now, three years on, and with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What does “evidence-based practice” mean in the world of educational technology?

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed a downturn in the frequency of my posts over the past few months. The main reason for this is that I have been utterly consumed by writing an application to a large funding scheme. I asked you for support with that proposal in this recent post and was overwhelmed by the […]

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 […]