This full day event sponsored by the Sharland Foundation Developmental Disabilities ABA Research and Impact Network is designed to support early career researchers in the UK and ROI, in particular PhD students, in the field of developmental disabilities. There will be three workshops, each giving participants the chance to hear from leaders in the field and providing helpful suggestions to develop your research and further your career. Throughout the day there will be space to network, both with senior researchers as well as with other early career researchers; in addition, you will have the opportunity to share your own research interests by displaying a poster, giving a presentation or providing a written summary which will be distributed to all participants.
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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