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Organisations and individuals seeking your help in progressing their research

We receive regular requests to be a part of research, or to share new research studies with our stakeholders. This includes organisations such as leading universities in the fields of psychology and ABA, as well as individuals seeking to improve the understanding of autism, and the work we can do to support people with autism. We are keen to support any requests that help this, once reviewed by our Ethics Committee to ensure they meet the moral standards and values of our organisation.

To take a look at some of the projects we have recently shared visit our archive page.

Exploring the effects of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown on the social development and communication skills of children diagnosed with autism

Given recent events, the main purpose of this project is to gain a deeper understanding of the effects of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown in the UK, on the social development and communication skills of children with autism and examine if various aspects of lockdown are associated with a change in social-communicative behaviour.

The research team have devised an online questionnaire for parents of children with autism to answer, regarding how they perceive COVID-19, and the lockdown, has affected their child’s communication skills and to rate their child’s communication skills currently. You can take the questionnaire here.

Research Team

Miss Phoebe Morris (
Dr John Mills (
Dr Edward Hope (

Deadline: 27th September

How has lockdown impacted on the wellbeing and behaviour of children with autism?

This research project aims to explore the impact that the recent Coronavirus lockdown has had on the wellbeing and behaviour of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This research will interview parents of children diagnosed with ASD. By utilising Brownhills Ice Cream Cone Model (2017) three further lines of enquiry will inform the interview structure and research questions:

  1. Has lockdown caused changes to the child’s routine?
  2. Have there been any changes to the child’s wellbeing, or level of anxiety?
  3. Has there been an increase / increase in severity of challenging behaviour during this time?

If you would like to participate in this research please get in touch with Jennifer Chetwood.

Researcher: Jennifer Chetwood, Bristol University,
Supervisor: Dr Ellie Wilson,

Deadline: 30th September 2020

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