Head of Autism Research and Development

Research Projects

Browse our current research projects and get involved in making a difference for our children and adults living with autism.

Sibling relationships+

We’ve been approached by a member of the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopmental Diversity research team at the University of York who is interested in sibling relationships and how they affect autistic adolescents’ feelings and behaviours. The primary investigator, Emre Deniz, would like to invite you to complete a 15-20-minute online survey by clicking the below link.


You can participate if you fulfil both of the criteria below:

  1. Having at least one autistic child aged 9 to 20 years,
  2. Having at least one neurotypical child aged 4-20 years,

Amazon Vouchers

To thank you for your time, you will be provided with a £5 Amazon voucher. You will also be entered in a prize draw to have a chance to win a £50 or £100 Amazon voucher.

This study has been reviewed and received ethical approval from the University of York. If you have any queries about this survey, please contact the researcher directly on  emre.deniz@york.ac.uk.

Movement Matters Liverpool+

The main aim of this project is to improve physical activity and motor competence in children with learning disabilities who live in the Liverpool City Region

Phase 1: co-production with practitioners, parents and experts

The workshops would focus around sharing thoughts and opinions in a group setting with other stakeholders. Example discussion points could be what you think currently prevents or facilitates children with intellectual disabilities from engaging in physical activity and what you believe our programme should be implementing to improve the physical activity levels and motor competence of children with intellectual disabilities.

Participants will experience professional development through improving their knowledge and understanding around physical activity and education, as well as health and wellbeing. They would also be in a room with a wide range of local stakeholders who will all have experiences of working with children with learning disabilities, and we will encourage small group discussions between all stakeholders which would provide excellent opportunities for networking and again, learning from each other’s experiences. There is no obligation to participate in all of the workshops, the dates are below:

  • Thursday 21st October
  • Thursday 18th November
  • Tuesday 14th December

The workshops will be taking place in a University building in the city centre. We are considering two potential time slots for these dates, either 1-4pm or 4-7pm (this later time slot would include food and snacks to help with being there through tea time!).

More information to follow, but feel free to email our team (sara.mursic@abbotsleaschool.co.uk) or the researchers () for more information.

Teacher Retention+

Masters research questionnaire about staffing retention and will be used to inform P4 priorities and actions. The greater the response, the more valid the data and information about teacher retention in the city.

You can access the survey here: https://liverpoolmanagement.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIQtKJtEwFo8kzI

The aim of this survey is to gather teachers’ views on job satisfaction and teacher retention. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is entirely anonymous, and it will not be possible to identify your individual response.

This study has been reviewed and received ethical approval from the University of Liverpool. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andrew Fell (a.g.fell@liverpool.ac.uk) or Dr Jwharh Madgali (J.A.Madgali@liverpool.ac.uk).

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