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Southampton Education School

Research project: The voices and experiences of children with autism, and their families, in their transitions from nursery to primary school

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Young autistic children are amongst the most scrutinised and assessed in their everyday lives, often leading to descriptions that focus on their difficulties and challenges rather than on their abilities, strengths and positive experiences.

Dates: 2018-19

Funder: The Froebel Trust

Consequently, much discussion about autistic children tends to forget that they are children first. While research has considered the transitions of autistic children at later stages, there is almost no research focusing on the transition from nursery to primary school. There is also very limited representation of children’s voices and experiences being explored, promoted, and valued directly as evidence in their own right. This project, funded by the Froebel Trust, captured, through Digital Storytelling, the experiences and perspectives of five young autistic children (aged 4 years), and their families, as the children prepared to transition from nursery to primary school. Our project was co-produced with practitioners, families, and children.

For more information, please see Autism Transitions.

Related research groups

Centre for Research in Inclusion
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