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ACoRN@Sussex launched!

We are delighted that our sister ACoRN@Sussex was formally launched on October 21st 2020 with a live Zoom event attended by over 70 people. ACoRN@ Sussex is led by Professor Nicola Yuill (Psychology) and Dr Jacqui Shepherd (Education) at the University of Sussex. Sharing the same core principles of participatory and creative methods for addressing research questions that matter to […]

Latest ACoRNS research published

Three papers based on ACoRNS research have been published recently. All reflect the ACoRNS focus of accessing and respecting children’s views and perspectives, and all are open access meaning that anyone can read them. The paper published in the Journal of Early Childhood Research discusses our Digital Stories methodology for accessing the views of pre-school autistic children. […]

‘Digital transitions: learning from lockdown for the future’ event

The Autism Community Research Network @Southampton [ACoRNS] invites you to join us for a free webinar on: Digital transitions: learning from lockdown for the future This online event will be an opportunity to share the important and innovative research that has been done with Digital Stories during lockdown to support the assessments of children for their EHCPs, and […]

New resources for supporting transitions

The ACoRNS team have developed some new resources to help professionals and schools learn about children before they transition in September.  The resources are based on creating Digital Stories, which are short videos that show who the child is, including their strengths, capabilities and preferences, rather than focusing on their difficulties and challenges. Under the […]

World Autism Day 2020

This year’s World Autism Day comes at a time of uncertainty for many.  Today, more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of community.  The Autism Community Research Network @ Southampton (ACoRNS) would like to pay tribute to our early years, primary, secondary, FE and residential setting partners, all of the education practitioners we […]

ACoRNS partner, Hill House, receives ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted results

Our congratulations go to ACoRNS partner, Hill House, for the tremendous ‘Outstanding’ results they have received from Ofsted! Hill House’s partnership with ACoRNS is mentioned in their Ofsted report, noting that ‘they seek advice from beyond the school to support their work, liaising with other local experts and carrying out research through their link with […]

ACoRNS contributes to Parliamentary briefing on Autism

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) has issued a briefing on Autism to which ACoRNS members contributed. The briefing provides a wide-ranging overview of the current policy state-of-play for autistic children, young people and their families and the issues that they face. The Education section highlights the continuing barriers faced by many families […]

ACoRNS invited to new Sussex network

Sarah Parsons, on behalf of the ACoRNS team, was invited to the University of Chichester on January 21st 2020 to talk about ACoRNS with a new research-practice network being established in West Sussex. The Pan-Sussex Autism Schools Network (PSASN) is connecting with the Pan-London Autism Schools Network-Research (PLASN-R), of which Sarah was a founding member. […]

ACoRNS included in the AET’s Good Practice Guide

The work of ACoRNS has been recognised in the Autism Education Trust’s recently published Good Autism Practice Guidance. AET says the guides: ‘… present the evidence for, and define and illustrate, eight principles of good autism practice to help education practitioners understand autism and develop effective provision in early years, schools and post 16 settings.’ […]

‘Keys to engagement’ paper published

Congratulations to former ACoRNS Doctoral student Chantelle Zilli whose paper has been accepted for publication in the prestigious British Journal of Educational Psychology.  The paper presents a case study where autistic pupils and staff members’ views were sought about everyday decision-making at school. There are some very powerful insights provided about how children can feel […]

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