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In this section you can discover the findings from autism research. Get the latest updates and read research summaries from leading academics on current research. Find out how you can contribute and share your work.

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Sensory Processing: Vol 2

Middletown Centre for Autism, partners of Network Autism, have produced accessible research summaries of topics of relevance to professionals working in the field of autism, in particular...

Autism and menstruation

Robyn Steward, autistic author and consultant, discusses the results of research into autistic people’s experiences of menstruation. Robyn looks at sensory difficulties, the lack of clear advice and...

Autism, stigma and ethnicity: an interview with Dr Chris Papadopoulos

Dr Chris Papadopoulos is a principal lecturer in public health at the University of Bedfordshire and is also the founder and lead of the London Autism Group, a successful online Facebook support...

Reducing anxiety in autistic children and young people

Dr Fiona McCaffrey and Dr Rachel Ferguson from the Middletown Centre for Autism discuss their study exploring the effectiveness of parental training as a method of support in reducing anxiety in...

Autism and gluten/casein-free diets

Emma Jordan is a Community Paediatric Dietitian and Chair of the British Dietetic Association Autism sub-group. In this article Emma discusses factors that may cause gastrointestinal problems in...
Dr Margiad Elen Williams and Professor Judy Hutchings from the Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention (CEBEI) discuss their research into the effectiveness of a programme aimed at parents of...

Building capacity research bulletin

Middletown Centre for Autism, partners of Network Autism, have produced accessible research summaries of topics of relevance to professionals working in the field of autism, in particular...

Transitioning from special school to mainstream college

Dr Jacqui Shepherd, Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex, summarises the findings of her doctoral thesis on the experiences of young autistic people transitioning from special school to...

Relationships and sexuality: Vol 2

Middletown Centre for Autism, partners of Network Autism, have produced accessible research summaries of topics of relevance to professionals working in the field of autism, in particular...

Exploring the DISCO model of diagnosis

This article, compiled by the Lorna Wing Centre Team, aims to provide more understanding about the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) and its use in the diagnosis of...

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