Education Additional support needs and autism

Our research group focuses on the development of inclusive pedagogy in relation to all learners, underpinned by basic research into children’s psychological development and learning. At Strathclyde we understand ‘additional support needs’ as a broad term that recognises social factors and moves away from the constraints of so-called ‘special educational needs’.  

We give attention to issues relating to children in non-normative categories, including those with social, emotional, and behavioural needs, developmental disorders, or with difficulties arising from poverty and deprivation or acute trauma and psychological distress.  We contribute significant focus to the attainment gap and work closely with a number of colleagues across Strathclyde, including in Autism Network Scotland, the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures, Psychology and Engineering, and with colleagues internationally, especially Italy, Japan, Australia, and the United States.

We work closely with the NHS as well as Education. Our research projects focus on children’s development, learning and health, especially through inclusion of nurture and relationship, and the policy and practice that support these.

Active projects include: 

  • Motor development of children in health, in autism, and in other developmental disorders (Bardid, Delafield-Butt)
  • Efficacy of Nurture Groups for children with social, emotion, and behavioural difficulties (Delafield-Butt, Marwick)
  • Tech innovation in smart device serious game assessment of autism (Delafield-Butt)
  • Research in autism in film and popular media (Dunlop)
  • Children's mathematical thinking through Cognitively Guided Instruction (Moscardini)  
  • Music education for children with additional support needs and in inclusive pedagogies and policies (Moscardini)
  • Knowledge exchange on all aspects of autism (Dunlop, Delafield-Butt, Hanley, Marwick)
  • Knowledge exchange on children’s mental health and social, emotional, and behavioural needs around poverty and attainment (Mowat).

We are open to opportunities from colleagues and students for research projects that support these themes, or that can contribute to the science and practice that underpin ASN.

Staff working in this area: