Researchers develop help for people with autism

A research team at the University of Plymouth is developing a new support package for people with autism and their families.

The Welcome Research Hub – comprised of academics from the School of Psychology, Plymouth Institute of Education and Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) – is working alongside a number of families living with autism to identify where support is lacking, and will base plans on the research findings.

Known as Systematic Autism-related Family Enabling (SAFE), the intervention – or ‘toolkit’ – will combine established forms of therapy practice with alternative therapies, advice and support, and can be adapted based on the user’s strengths and communication preferences.

The research is also supported by Plymouth Autism Network, Plymouth Hospitals Trust, the National Autistic Society, Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the Brandon Trust.


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