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Find examples of previous research requests that have been shared on our website. Where possible we will share the outputs of the research.


Coronavirus and SEND

The study focused on how children with special educational needs and disabilities are feeling during the Coronavirus outbreak and how parents/guardians would like to be supported. Read their findings here.

The Experiences of Fathers in Families where two or more Children have a diagnosis of Autism- An interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

February 2020

This study aimed to explore the experience of being a father to children with autism. Participants werebe invited to take part in an interview of up to an hour. For more detail about the research read the participant information sheet.

Gastrointestinal symptoms and anxiety levels in autism

March 2020

The aim of the study was to investigate the nature of gastrointestinal symptoms and anxiety levels in children with autism. For more detail about the research read the participant information sheet.

Post-16 pathways and outcomes for autistic young people

March 2020

The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at UCL Institute of Education in association with Ambitious About Autism carried out a research project about the impact of the changes in post-16 education for autistic young people and their families in England since the introduction of an important law called the Children and Families Act 2014.

Autism Research Survey

March 2020

The survey was developed to gather feedback on people’s experiences with autism and in particular on how they view their child’s strengths and unique characteristics. In addition, they were asked about their personal health and well-being and confidence in managing specific behaviours of their child.

Exploring the experience of being a mother with autism

April 2020

The study explored the experience of mothers with autism around parenting on a daily basis and to include them as co-researchers in moving the field forward.

Autism and Bullying in Childhood Online Study

May 2020

This online study sought to understand the experiences of bullying that individuals with autism had during childhood.

A study on parent experiences of the assessment process in their child’s diagnosis of autism

June 2020

The study looked to explore the experiences and feelings of parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism, specifically their experiences of the assessment process.

Participation of Children with Autism – Emphasis including Associations and Impacts of Environment, Sibling Comparisons, and links to Sensory Behaviour

June 2020

The purpose of this study was to look at the possible facilitators and barriers in natural, play-space environments for children with ASD. It also looked at the sensory aspects of the environment that support and inhibit the child’s participation in play. Download the participant information sheet for more information.

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

September 2020

The main purpose of this project was 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. Click here to read the preliminary results of the study.

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

September 2020

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

By utilising Brownhills Ice Cream Cone Model (2017) three lines of enquiry informed 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?
The experience of young people who identify as transgender and have autism

November 2020

The research looked into the views of young people who identify as transgender or non-binary and have a diagnosis of autism. The research was interested in finding out about their experiences, including at school.

To find out more about the research download the participant information sheet which is also available in accessible format.


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