We would like to introduce you to our team working here at the Neurodiversity Parent and Carer Network.
The team has three founding team members. We are working hard on the project to bring you all the latest information and networking opportunities. As well as our core team, other researchers throughout the University will be involved with the Network. In time we will introduce you to each of these researchers and the work they do. We all look forward to getting to know you and working with you in the future.
Our first team member is Dr Amy Bidgood. Amy is a lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Salford. Her research focuses on children’s language development. Amy has worked in this field at universities across the North of England since 2007. She was part of the prestigious LuCiD project following children’s language and communicative development. Most recently, Amy has been the Principal Investigator on The Salford Autism Exercise Project. She led this research into the benefits of exercise for autistic children’s sleep and communication.
Our second team member is Dr David Tate. David is also a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Salford. David has training and experience working in the field of mental health. He has provided therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and person-centred counselling. David’s research has focused on developing psychological interventions for individuals and families with neurodevelopmental disorders. Specifically, he has investigated the impact of a multi-modal intervention. This included both group and individual therapy sessions to help autistic young adults better navigate their social landscapes and work towards individualised goals. More recently, David was the co-lead on The Salford Autism Exercise Project with Amy. He worked on the development of the interventions within this project.
Our third team member is Eve Bent. Eve is a PhD researcher at the University of Salford. Her research focus is the lived experience of autism families. She also looks at autistic children’s use of digital media. She is researching how children used both outdoor environments and digital media during the covid-19 pandemic. Eve also worked with Amy and David on The Salford Autism Exercise Project, liaising with families and children. Previous to her time at University, Eve spent 10 years working directly with children of all abilities. She has personal experience of neurodiversity.
The team together have a wide variety of research and real-world experience. We have all worked closely with individuals and families before and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the neurodiversity area. Together, we hope to give parents and carers a place to meed each other and learn about the latest research and local support. We also want parents and carers to tell us what they want from future research, to help make it as informed as possible for the community.
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