Autism and the power of belonging (April 2022)

This month we had another great autism reading group; this time turning to the fascinating topic of belonging. For advance preparation we had two articles about the autistic community and peer support and an inspirational TED talk about the power of friendship. Peer support   We started by talking about the benefits of peer-to-peer support …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (March 2022) – The double empathy problem

In this month’s reading group, we focused on the ‘Double Empathy Problem’. We were joined by a range of people with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds. We provided some interesting readings for people to take a look at beforehand: Double empathy, explained | Spectrum News  Revealing the Double Empathy Problem We started with …

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ACoRNs Spring Newsletter – April 2022

Here you can access our most recent ACoRNS newsletter for the spring term. This issue includes reports on: Autism and intensive interaction Using Lego robotics in a SEN classroom Autism Friendlier University connectors projects Working for the Brighton and Hove Inclusion Support Service Reading Group and Research Updates ACoRNs Spring Newsletter April 2022 Enjoy!

Monthly Autism Reading Group (Feb 2022) – Autism and Employment

This month we turned to the topic of autism and employment, after hearing a great podcast from Sophie Longley, who also came along to support our discussion. Our readings were:   https://www-bbc-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59049557.amp   https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/autism-in-workplace/working-with-autism/   https://spoti.fi/3GrH5Gs  This time we had some questions to ponder in advance. Here’s what we discussed on each one.  What changes do you want …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group – The effectiveness of CBT for autistic people

In this month’s reading group we had a really interesting discussion about the effectiveness of CBT for autistic people and how we evaluate therapies. We provided an interesting reading and some discussion questions: Why are there such variations in ratings of the effectiveness of therapies? How can we adapt the way we evaluate the effectiveness …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (December 2021) – The support for autistic students in schools

In this month’s reading group, we had a great discussion about the support for students in schools and the latest National Autistic Society 2021 School Report. The report gives recommendations of how schools might provide better support for autistic students.  We provided some advance discussion questions to think about:  Do you agree with these recommendations, and do you foresee any problems …

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Autism Reading Group (November 2021) – Autism and Interoception

This month’s reading group was focused on the relationship between interoception and autism. We provided a reading about how being more in connection to your body can lead to lower levels of anxiety, including for those with autism, and a video providing an overview of interoception. This reading group followed a fascinating lab meeting at …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (October 2021) – Autism in girls and the diagnosis gap

The topic for the first Autism Reading Group of the year was Autism in girls and the diagnosis gap. For this meeting, we had a TED talk Niamh McCann: girls with Asperger’s and a reading. Autism has historically been viewed mainly as a male condition. The ratio of boys diagnosed compared to girls is 4:1, but research has found the true ratio …

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Monthly Autism Reading Group (June 2021) – Mental Health services for autistic people

By Prof Nicola Yuill The topic for this session of the reading group was mental health, something that has loomed large in the news during Covid-19 restrictions. We had two readings, one giving figures for conditions that can affect many autistic people, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the other being a very thoughtful …

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