Some years ago I worked with a brilliant Architect, Christopher Beaver, to create new learning spaces for children with Autism and Complex Needs.
The information I used drew on two PhD’s I had been involved with, namely those of Dr Diana Pauli and Dr Tamara Brookes.
Linked below are a series of articles that reflect those discussions, deliberations and developments. These may be helpful in the context of the current expansion of specialist provision
To download these articles, please visit the below website link and click the blue ‘Download’ button.
Barry Carpenter PhD, Hannah Picken, BA , Jill Wellings BEd, Alan Wood, BSc. (United Kingdom)
This paper was presented to the ISEI Conference in Sydney June, 2019.
Powerpoint (Converted to PDF) - Click the pdf icon below, to download and open.
Health Education England has funded the development of a new autism core capabilities framework for health and care staff, and staff in organisations with public facing responsibilities. The framework will span all ages.
To register for more information, go to the link below:
These are the briefing sheets on the neurodiverse conditions – Complex Needs- the DfE funded CLDD Project, (directed by Professor Barry Carpenter), originally compiled.
These are available to download free of charge. There are three sheets in each set, for each Complex Need, (e.g. FASD, Attachment, Prematurity etc)
They are particularly valuable for Teaching Assistants, NQTs, and for Teachers encountering a particular type of Special Need for the first time. They contain essential information, some teaching ideas, and signposts for finding out further information.
These briefing sheets were originally hosted on an SSAT website which has recently been taken down, but teachers are still asking for the sheets, which is why they are being made available.
1a FASD | Classroom Support Sheet
1b FASD | Briefing Sheet
1c FASD | Information Sheet
2. Attachment Disorder
2a Attachment Disorder | Classroom Support Sheet
2b Attachment Disorder | Briefing Sheet
2c Attachment Disorder | Information Sheet
3. Premature Birth
3a Premature Birth | Briefing Sheet
3b Premature Birth | Classroom Support Sheet
3c Premature Birth | Information Sheet
4. Rare Chromosome Disorder
4a Rare Chromosome Disorder | Classroom Support Sheet
4b Rare Chromosome Disorder | Briefing Sheet
4c Rare Chromosome Disorder | Information Sheet
5a ADHD | Classroom Support Sheet
5b ADHD | Briefing Sheet
5c ADHD | Information Sheet
6. Mental Health
6a Mental Health | Classroom Support Sheet
6b Mental Health | Briefing Sheet
6c Mental Health | Information Sheet
7. Sensory Impairment
7a Sensory | Classroom Support Sheet
7b Sensory | Briefing Sheet
7c Sensory | Information Sheet
8. Fragile X
8a Fragile X | Classroom Support Sheet
8b Fragile X | Briefing Sheet
8c Fragile X | Information Sheet
9a Autism | Classroom Support Sheet
9b Autism | Briefing Sheet
9c Autism | Information Sheet
10. Effects of Drug Use & Smoking During Pregnancy
10a Drugs & Smoking | Briefing Sheet
10b Drugs & Smoking | Classroom Support Sheet
The Article below appeared in the Guardian (15th September 2018), giving new evidence and insight into the female presentation of Autism.
The article is based on an interview with Professor Francesca Happe, who is co – Editor of a forthcoming book on Autism and Girls, (details below)
Latest Update on Forthcoming Book ‘Girls and Autism’
Educational, Family and Personal Perspectives by Barry Carpenter, Francesca Happé and Jo Egerton
The book is now scheduled for launch on World Autism Day 2019 – 2nd April 2019.
See the flyer below for a chapter update & to view the full flyer.
Details of the Conference etc to follow shortly.
Teachers often need and appreciate brief, teacher-friendly summaries of relevant research in the field of Autism. The University of Portsmouth autism network posts helpful newsletters on different topics, covering research that can inform evidence based practice and interventions that are systematically trialled.
Take a look through the below weblink.
Caitlin Hire is a young woman with Autism, who through her teenage years has also experienced some issues with her Mental Health.
Through it all she has shown incredible inner strength and emotional resilience .
This is her story, in her own words, of her journey with Autism. She talks specifically about her struggles with the conventional school system, an experience common to many teenagers with AS.
Her story is full of insight , and will be a revelation to so many other young people, their families and professionals. Her account is poignant, and is told with great candour..”Masking is exhausting, but it’s what I need to do in this neurotypical world to survive.”
Caitlin has given permission for her story to be shared more widely, and ‘BarryCarpenterEducation’ is delighted to offer it as a free download below in .pdf format.
Click the cover image below to open & view Caitlin’s story.
This new module, resulting from the pan European Erasmus Project, examined inclusive practice for children with Complex Needs across 8 European Countries. The Project used the training materials developed as a result of the DfE funded Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project, (Carpenter et al , 2012/ 2015) , to promote understanding and knowledge transfer around children’s Complex Needs . The goal was that this would impact on practice and increase opportunities for Inclusion.
Written by Jo Egerton, Senior Research Fellow for the ITIDE Project , based at Leeds Beckett University (and formerly Research Officer for the CLDD Project) this new module is designed to add fresh information to the suite of Complex Needs modules . This module is designed be used introduction to inclusion in education. It can be studied alone or as a gateway to the Complex Needs modules (www.complexneeds.org.uk).