My research focusses on children with disabilities and their families. Several projects evaluate approaches to intervention for children, and develop appropriate outcome measures. I am also concerned to understand what underpins behaviours: for example, how parent-child interaction can develop communication skills; and neuropsychological processes linked to repetitive behaviours and anxiety in ASD. (see Autism research website www.ncl.ac.uk/cargo-ne/)
I have a long-standing research and training link with a network of child development centres in Bangladesh.
I direct Daslne: the database of children with ASD living in the North East of England (www.ncl.ac.uk/daslne)
Intervention for social attention in autism. Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellowship, 2009-2011 (Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson), £169,024
Effective therapy for anxiety in young people with autism spectrum disorder. NIHR, Research for Patient Benefit programme, July 2009 - May 2011, £228,857
Sensitive measurement of outcome of intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder. Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust, March 2009. £19,783
Maximising the research potential of Daslne. Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust, June 2008. £19,586
Scales and procedures for estimating the prevalence of childhood disability and autism in Bangladesh. Autism Speaks, July 2008. (Lead applicant: Professor Naila Khan) $59,966
Parents and professionals attitudes to dietary interventions in ASD (PADIA) $100,000 Autism Speaks, Sept 2008 (Lead applicant: Professor Ann Le Couteur)
The development of repetitive behaviours in young children. ESRC, September 2007, £46,402 (Lead applicant: Dr Sue Leekam, Durham University).
Improving children’s survival through development of quality child development and neurodisability services. British Council, July 2006. £102,000. (lead applicant: Professor Naila Khan, Bangladesh, with Professor Brian Neville, Dr Mahmood Chowdhury).
Preschool Autism Communication Trial. £1,204,538 (NHS costs £517,704)
Medical Research Council, Department for Education and Skills, 2005-9 (lead applicant: Prof Jonathan Green, University of Manchester; London PI Prof Tony Charman; Newcastle PI Prof Helen McConachie £289,945)
Establishing a registry of children with autistic spectrum disorder in Northeast England. Northern Rock Foundation, 2002-9; six local authorities ongoing £176,461 (with Professors Ann Le Couteur and Allan Colver)