Monthly Autism Reading Group (April 2021) – Autism, Imagination and Creativity

If you would like to sign up for our next Autism Reading Group please email acorns@sussex.ac.uk What is creativity and how can we measure it? Creativity is hard to define and it’s also hard to pinpoint when someone is being creative or not. In our meeting we said that everyone can be creative and potentially …

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ACoRNS Health event (Mar 2021) – Re-Imagining Healthcare in Autism

How can healthcare be made more accessible for autistic people?  This was our second event held on 24th March: full resources are at the end of this blog post. Seven speakers presented their experiences and new initiatives. Dr Stephanie Daley from the Brighton & Sussex Medical School (BSMS) updated on an exciting new programme, Time …

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ACoRNS Launch (Oct 2020) – Re-Thinking Education in Autism

With Scotland being the last of the four UK nations to resume in-person schooling on Monday 19th April, we thought to revisit the discussions and ideas from our first official event. Our official launch Re-thinking Education in Autism took place on 21st October 2020 online via Zoom with over 80 attending. We had speakers representing …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (March 2021) – Predictive coding and its involvement in Autism

What is predictive coding Our March meeting looked at predictive coding theory which attempts to explain how our brain predicts things. One of the world expert’s in this field, Professor Andy Clark, came along to tell us how this works. He said the brain makes predictions to give us structure and meaning to our world. …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (February 2021) – Addressing diversity

Temple Grandin In our February meeting we discussed a TED Talk by Temple Grandin: “The world needs all kinds of minds”. She celebrated that autistic brains have different ways of thinking and that these different ways of thinking are essential for society to function. It was an interesting talk to hear from her perspective. We …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (January 2021) – Diagnosis and Early Intervention

The reading for this meeting was an interesting article ‘A new way to diagnose and treat autism’ by Dr Ami Klin who uses eye-tracking technology to quantify sociability by looking at how autistic children view the world. He found that in early childhood, before a diagnosis would be made, children who are later diagnosed have …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (November 2020) – Effects of Covid-19 Restrictions

Who can come to the Autism Reading Group? Anyone who is interested in autism! We have an optional reading for each meeting for those who are interested in learning more about the topic. Everyone is welcome, whether you have autism yourself, are a parent, teacher, educational psychologist, practitioner working with autistic people or just have …

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Is online delivery of therapeutic and well-being services as comfortable and effective as face-to-face encounters?

Coronavirus has caused disruption to our lives in many ways. The restrictions on in-person contact pushed many workplaces online. Practitioners in health, education, and social care, whose practice had before been deemed unsuitable for online working, had to adapt quickly. Almost overnight, services typically delivered in person were offered to clients online. From children at …

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