My research project
Understanding perceptions and attitudes of typically developing pupils toward autistic peers in the mainstream school environment.
Little is known about the social aspects of the complex mainstreaming phenomenon for pupils on the autism spectrum, however, the available data suggests these pupils spend more time unengaged in the playground, have fewer friendships, and are poorly connected to social groups in the school environment. My PhD projects aim to gain a better understanding of why these patterns present themselves by exploring the attitudes and perspectives of typically developing pupils.
Loveland, A. (April 2018). ‘Some don’t get the message into their head’: Girl's experiences and perceptions of their peers on the autism spectrum. Oral presentation at The School of Psychology Annual Research Student Conference, Guildford, United Kingdom.
Loveland, A. (June 2017). A focus group investigation of typically developing school pupils’ experiences and perceptions of their peers on the autism spectrum. Poster presentation at The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Festival of Research, Guildford, United Kingdom.