How can the student wellbeing of autistic children be promoted in mainstream primary schools? A mixed methods investigation

Mann-Willett, Francesca Laura (2019). How can the student wellbeing of autistic children be promoted in mainstream primary schools? A mixed methods investigation. University of Birmingham. Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.

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Almost three quarters of autistic children and young people (CYP) are educated in mainstream schools. These students are bullied more frequently and are less likely to be accepted by peers. Autistic students report that they face a number of challenges in mainstream schools. Previous research primarily focuses on autistic students attending secondary schools. In light of the difficulties autistic students face at school, the current study aimed to investigate student wellbeing in autistic children attending a mainstream primary school. A mixed methods approach was utilised. Questionnaire data was used to compare student wellbeing between autistic students and neurotypical students, and semi-structured interviews were used to gather the views of autistic students on what they felt promoted their student wellbeing in addition to any barriers that hindered their experience of wellbeing. Statistical analyses revealed that levels of student wellbeing were high and comparable across both groups of students, indicating that the school was supporting autistic children effectively. Autistic students reported that supportive and engaging practice, supportive peer relationships, access to resources and opportunities to be outside promoted their experiences of student wellbeing. However, they also identified several barriers to student wellbeing. Implications for EP practice and future research is considered.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)


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