One of the goals of the SF-DDARIN is to facilitate high quality implementation research in which there is collaboration between academic and practice communities. Last year we established a programme of Masters studentships to enable field/practice based research projects that might not otherwise happen because of a lack of funding. We were delighted with the projects completed. We have extended the programme this year and awarded 6 studentships:
- Bethany Green will be conducting a joint project between Bangor University and Calthorpe school supervised by Corinna Grindle and Carl Hughes:
Teaching Reading Comprehension Skills to children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities using an on-line Reading Programme
- Maria Vallenas and Andrew Barton will be conducting a joint project between Bangor University and Calthorpe school supervised by Corinna Grindle and Carl Hughes:
Teaching Handwriting Skills to Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Alexia Del Greco will be conducting a joint project between Bangor University and Gables Care Home supervised by Rebecca Sharp:
Preferences in people with dementia and Down Syndrome
- Rachel Brownlow will be conducting a joint project between the National University of Ireland, Galway and Sonas Special Junior Primary School supervised by Clodagh Murray:
Increasing reading fluency in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using Headsprout® Early Reading (HER) programme
- Pat Cusick will be conducting a joint project between Ulster University and Cavan Rehabilitation Centre supervised by Claire McDowell:
Evaluating the effectiveness of healthy eating training in adults with intellectual disability
All six students will be sharing their findings as a blog, written report, conference presentation or poster or published article later this year. We congratulate them and wish them every success with their projects.
Ysgol y Gogarth was recently inspected by ESTYN and was awarded “Excellent” in every category. Estyn identified the behaviour support team as an area of strength. https://www.estyn.gov.wales/sites/default/files/documents/Ysgol%20Y%20Gogarth.pdf
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Congratulations to Sian Thomas
Congratulations to Sian Thomas, one of the first recipients of the SF-DDARIN Masters studentships who presented her research project " Teaching Early Reading Skills to Non Vocal Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities using an Online Reading Program" at The Seattle Club annual conference on intellectual and developmental disabilities held at Durham University on 18th and 19th December 2017. The study was a field-based research project conducted at the Calthorpe Academy. It was jointly supervised by Vaso Totsika who leads the MA in Psychology and Education at the University of Warwick and Corinna Grindle, the programme consultant at Calthorpe whose focus is on interventions to improve academic outcomes in children with intellectual disability.