Dr Mark Kennedy is a Senior Teaching Fellow at The Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is also Lead Educator on the Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice course on the FutureLearn Platform.
Bilikis Banire is a Ph.D student in computer science and engineering at Qatar Foundation member Hamad Bin Khalifa University. She is currently leading Qatar Foundation’s innovative project to non-invasively measure the attention spans of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Q&A on autism research using VR technology
1. Why are attention spans important? What issues arise when teachers fail to recognise signs that children with autism need a break or are frustrated, for example?
Jo Cormack, author of Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship with Food, answers our questions on children’s eating habits…
What kinds of issues are staff faced with when it comes to eating in school?
Despite a growing emphasis on nutrition in recent years, there is a lack of staff training around how to help children develop a positive relationship with food. Staff frequently have to deal with food-related challenges such as picky eating or allergies, especially in the primary sector. It is essential that they feel confident and informed.
Helen Garnett, author of Developing Empathy in the Early Years, summarises a chapter at the end of the book titled Empathy and Autism. This chapter helps to explain autism and its history, as well as offering sound advice to early years educators when it comes to whole-school empathy...
Autism in the 21st century
Woolton-based Abbot’s Lea School has appointed a new Head Boy and Head Girl as part of its commitment to promoting student leadership.