SHARP doctoral students present their research in poster form

Three SHARP doctoral students presented poster representations of their research today. Amanda Willcox is researching how parents experience engaging with Intensive Interaction with their child. Katrina Fleming is exploring how the new SEND Code of Practice is impacting upon parent-practitioner relationships. Tom Price is focusing on using linguistics to find more enabling ways of thinking about the communication of autistic people.




It’s been a busy week for members of SHARP

SHARP members have been very busy this week for World Autism Awareness Week. Amongst other contributions we hope you managed to catch:

Stephen Connolly on the radio talking all things autism

Tom Price’s animation in which he asks how our misconceptions about communication shape our understanding of autism

The showing of the film Temple Grandin hosted by Katrina Fleming and Tom Price

Nick Hodge, Emma Rice and Lisa Reidy reporting on research that identifies some ways in which schools might better support development of a positive sense of self with autistic pupils . The research was presented through an animation (, a comment piece for the Times Educational Supplement ( and an article for the journal Disability & Society (

A future event for the diary is:

Dr Sarah Whiteley  () will be with us on 30.04.19 at 11.00am to discuss her fascinating and informative research on the representation of autism in literature.  All are welcome to attend. This event will be held n Sheffield Hallam’s City Campus in the Adsetts Building – floor 6, room 20 (Adsetts 6620)

Free Showing of Film on the Life of Temple Grandin, Wed 3rd April 1-4pm

In celebration of Autism Awareness week SHARP members Katrina Fleming and Thomas Price are hosting a free showing of the film that depicts the life of Temple Grandin. This will be accompanied by a discussion and tea and cake. All are welcome. This is taking place 1-4pm on Wednesday 3rd April at Sheffield Hallam’s City Campus.

Please do pass the invitation on to anyone who may be interested. 

Information and signing up to attend can be found at






Nick Hodge’s article on the dangers of claiming autism as a difference

SHARP’s Nick Hodge has a new article in The Conversation. In this Nick argues that the recent DVLA case highlights some worrying concerns over claiming autism as a difference. You can read Nick’s article at