Autism Research Network
Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
The Autism Research Network (ARN) aims to integrate research and practice in order to improve the lives of autistic people and their families. The network works closely with families, adults within the spectrum, policy makers, practitioners and local charities to ensure research findings are translated into practice. ARN is a partnership set up by the University of Portsmouth in collaboration with Portsmouth City Council, Autism Hampshire, Portsmouth Autism Support Network and the Autism Wessex.
The Autism Research Network is involved in research programmes investigating the development of autism auditory perception and understanding of people's action. For more information click here.
The Autism Research Network publishes a periodical, Research Update which provides research summaries in lay terms on specific areas relevant to autism. You can download these publications from the links provided below.
Issue 1: Sensory issues
Issue 2: Employment
Issue 3: Relationships
Issue 4: Women
Issue 5: Diet
Issue 6: Diagnosis
Issue 7: Interventions
Issue 8: Challenging Behaviours
Issue 9: Anxiety
Issue 10: Early Signs of Autism
Issue 11: Quality of Life
Issue 12: Autism and Epilepsy
Issue 15: Positive Contibution
Issue 16: Autism and Sport
Issue 17: Motor Skills
Issue 18: Non Verbal Communication
Autism Research Network Meetings
IV Annual Meeting (July 2012) - Transition to adulhood in autism
Key note speakers included Gill O'Leary and Linda Burgess (Hampshire County Council), Nick Hodge (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Catherine Tissot (Institute of Education, University of Reading). There were also two workshops, one on counselling delivered by Mark Haydon-Laurelut and one on careers and employment developed by Dr Beatriz López.
Seminar Series funded by the British Psychological Society
III Annual Meeting, Seminar 3- Autism development (July 2011). This meeting focussed on how autism develops over time. Speakers included Dr Graham Schafer (University of Reading), Leonard (University of London, Goldsmith), Adam Feinstein author of the book ‘A history of autism: Conversations with the pioneers’ and three adults with ASC.
II Annual Meeting, Seminar 2- Integrating approaches to autism intervention Autism and Self (July 2010). This was an opportunity for autism researchers, parents and practitioners to discuss the latest developments in autism interventions. Speakers included Dr Suzanne Zeedyk (University of Dundee), Dr Carolyn Smith (Consultant Clinical and Educational Psychologist, Isle of Wight) and Dr Beatriz López (University of Portsmouth).
I Annual Meeting, Seminar 1- Autism and Self (November 2009). This meeting focused on autism and the self. Speakers included a range of international and local speakers such as Dan Zahavi, Peter and Jessica Hobson and Vasu Reddy. The meeting was very successful with an attendance of 80 delegates.
Please click on the link below to find out the latest research from the University of Portsmouth's Department of Psychology - Autism Research Network
Other Research Projects
Wellbeing in Grandparents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - research project.