Saturday, December 19, 2009

Not all research is cause or cure

Here is a report of a recent piece of research undertaken at my Uni.

No best approach to education for all children with autism

There is no one best approach that can be used in educating all children and young people with autism, according to a report by researchers from the University of Birmingham’s Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) and St. Patrick’s College Dublin, published today by the Republic of Ireland’s National Council for Special Education (NCSE).

The report is an international evaluation of strategies employed in educating children and young people with autism, based on using a set of rigorous guidelines to evaluate the latest studies from around the world, published between 2002 and 2008. It also includes data from policy and best practice guidelines from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Dr Sarah Parsons, from the University of Birmingham says: “Practice has outpaced research. Although experts agree that a range of special and mainstream provision is important for children with autism, there is no clear evidence from research to help families and practitioners decide which kind of school will be best for their child.”

The report reveals major gaps in the research base for interventions commonly used when working with children on the autism spectrum. There is a particular lack of research regarding good provision for secondary students and those in post-compulsory education.

“Researchers need to address these gaps in the future and ACER has plans to develop research bids which focus on some of the key areas highlighted in the report,” Dr. Parsons stresses. “There is a growing consensus from expert opinion as to what constitutes effective practice, and several sets of guidance have been produced by different working groups in education and health which are very helpful, to parents and others, but these need to be complemented with evidence from robust research studies.”

The evidence base for good practice in transition between settings and stages of schooling needs strengthening, the report also reveals.

The new report will be relevant to practitioners, policymakers and families worldwide. It will be available on the NCSE Web site (http://www.ncse.ie) from today.

You see there is more to research than the bogus science too oft reported and debated in this corner of the blogosphere.

Congratulations to Ari Neeman BTW, we need someone who appreciates the social model of disability to counter the bull being spread by NIH in the USA.


5 comments:

Adelaide Dupont said...

I like a release which looks at research and practice.

Parsons is right in her observation that practice has outpaced some of the research.

"There is a particular lack of research regarding good provision for secondary students and those in post-compulsory education."

I do agree with that. I would love to see more research in that field.

The author said...

The problem is that the majority of research money is not coming in this direction.

Whilst Autism is primarily considered as a 'medical' problem the bulk of the funding will continue to go elsewhere to little practical benefit.

It is no accident that the first ever autism organisation forty or so years ago chose to tackle the question of the lack of education for autistic children, indeed the denial of education.

Whilst the focus remains on the notion of 'medical' remediation there will continue to be lost generations who miss out on the practical.

Tony Blair, ushering in the new labour era emphasised "education, education, education" yet the reality is that this particular aspect of research remains pretty much a side show.

Autism Reality NB said...

Yes autism probably looks like a social issue only to a person with very, very mild Aspergers. By definition Mr. Ne'eman has no language delay or cognitive impairment. If he has social impairment it is difficult to see in someone who can function so well in Washington political and media circles.

Autistic Disorder is real. There are many persons with autistic disorder living in institutional care because they can not care for themselves. Some injure themselves. Some autistic children wander off and freeze to death in snow storms as happened here recently in eastern Canada, or drown in local pools, or like my son did wander into busy traffice unaware of the danger (fortunately an "evil Neurotypical" stopped and took him to safety. Some autistic children bang their head causing serious injury, some like my son bite their hands, or chew their cheeks, or decline all foods to the point of starvation.

But hey, better to listen to the ideology and philosophy of the mildly, mildly, mildly, better off autistic/Aspergers who make careers out of denying the truth about serous autism disorders.

King Larry you know nothing about serous Autistic Disorder and neither does Ari Ne'eman.

Cause and cure are very important for parents who love and care for autistic children. Your constant self absorbed attacks on such parents are offensive.

The author said...

Harold you only ever see one aspect of autism.

Would I have been accepted as a doctoral candidate at the Autism Centre for Education and Research if I knew nothing?

Would I have served 6 years on the board of the Uk's largest and oldest charity for Autism if I were only concerned with one narrow aspect of autism.

You like to think so, but that is not reality, you have little understanding of the real, never mind autism. You have skipped the entirety of my post which is concerned with educational interventions purely to focus on my congratulations to Ari Neeman.

What do you fear Harold? being proved wrong I think.

Have you ever read Kanners original paper BTW?

David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. said...

"Would I have been accepted as a doctoral candidate at the Autism Centre for Education and Research if I knew nothing?"

and

"Would I have served 6 years on the board of the Uk's largest and oldest charity for Autism if I were only concerned with one narrow aspect of autism."

Actually... no. Harold is, however, impervious to evidence such as this. And that man goes into court with clients.

Poor clients... having to sit through his ideas on what's going on without having the right to say their side of things.

Extrapolating, based on what I see of him on here and other Hub blogs. Harold's just a pain in the frigging arse.

"Have you ever read Kanners original paper BTW?"

He wouldn't dare to read either that or the follow-up from 1973; know why? Because they both go against his pathetically cretinous idea of what the reality of autism is.