In this episode we speak with Dr Emma Williams, from the University of Surrey, about her research investigating how autistic pupils in mainstream school settings make sense of themselves and what impacts on this.
Emma discusses her synthesis of studies which found that most autistic pupils appear to make sense of themselves as being different in a negative way to other pupils. This puts them at higher risk of developing low self-esteem and poor mental well-being. We discuss ways of helping the young people view themselves more favourably compared to other pupils to reduce this risk.
To read this research study click here or to read more about Emma's other work into ASD girls visit Playing A/Part: Autistic Girls, Identities and Creativity - Research at Kent (playingapartautisticgirls.org). You can watch a powerful, short animated film about this work here
Music: "Moodswing" by Poddington Bear
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