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Are you a psychology student, struggling to concentrate on reading papers? A psychology lecturer, trying to mix up your teaching a bit? A teacher or parent who wants to know what's going on in child development research? or maybe a neurodivergent adult reflecting on their youth? If so, welcome to our podcast! We hope these bite-sized, guided tours of recent research papers - via an informal chat with the author - will interest and inform you. The podcast is currently hosted by Louisa (Lou) Thomas, a postdoctoral research assistant in the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading. Each episode is a conversation between Lou, and a fellow academic. Together we discuss one of their recent (or classic) papers relating to child and adolescent development and learning. We don’t have a recording booth or fancy equipment, but this wee bit of brain food should be a nice nutritious snack for a curious mind.

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Sue Fletcher-Watson is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre. Sue is also the creator of the PsychologiCALL podcast, and hosted both Season 1 and 2!
During this podcast she chats to Lou about a review paper, co-authored with autistic contributors, that outlines key considerations for developing inclusive research. This paper serves as an introduction to participatory research. Sue and Lou also chat about a second paper, which reports on the outcomes of a UK seminar series focusing on participatory research, which was co-produced by autistic and non-autistic people.
You can follow Sue on Twitter @suereviews, and you can find out more about Sue and her research here.
The papers discussed in this podcast are:
Fletcher-Watson, S., Brook, K., Hallett, S., Murray, F., & Crompton, C. J. (2021). Inclusive practices for neurodevelopmental research. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 8(2), 88-97.
Fletcher-Watson, S., Adams, J., Brook, K., Charman, T., Crane, L., Cusack, J., ... & Pellicano, E. (2019). Making the future together: Shaping autism research through meaningful participation. Autism, 23(4), 943-953.

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Suzi Sapiets is a postdoctoral research associate at the Tizard Cen​tre, University of Kent, who specialises in autism, learning disabilities and improving access to support. During this podcast Suzi chats with Lou about her PhD research looking at access to early support for young children with suspected or diagnosed developmental delays, autism and learning disabilities.
To find out more about Suzi and her research, you can follow her on Twitter
@suzijsapiets, or read her blog post for the Mental Elf on neurodivergence and mental health.
Suzi also spoke at the Embracing Complexity Special Interest Research Group webinar on neurodivergence and mental health, find the recording and resources here.
We also mentioned Cerebra's toolkit on accessing public services:
The paper discussed in this episode is:
Sapiets, S. J., Hastings, R. P., Stanford, C., & Totsika, V. (2022). Families’ access to early intervention and supports for children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Early Intervention, 0(0).
You can also find a related narrative review here:
Sapiets, S. J., Totsika, V. & Hastings, R. P. (2021). Factors influencing access to early intervention for families of children with developmental disabilities: A narrative review. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 34(3). 695-711.

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