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Research project: Moving beyond the label: using digital stories in transition planning to improve awareness and understanding of autistic children’s capabilities

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This project seeks to evaluate whether Digital Stories can support children in their transition from nursery to primary school. Digital Stories are short videos that show who the child is, including their strengths, capabilities and preferences, rather than focusing on their difficulties and challenges (as tends to be the case with written reports).

Dates: 2019-21

Funder: University of Southampton ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

We will work with new nursery settings to equip their practitioners with the skills to develop Digital Stories for their children. The videos will be shown at the beginning of multi-disciplinary transition meetings to help plan for the move from early years to primary settings. Adult stakeholders will be asked to give feedback, and possibly take part in a semi-structured interview, in order to evaluate the use of the Stories. We will also trial using Digital Stories as part of early years assessments carried out by Educational Psychologists and evaluate their efficacy to this process.

Related research groups

Centre for Research in Inclusion
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