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Anne Emerson

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Anne started her career working as a speech and language therapist with children with a range of communication impairments. Over the past 30 years Anne has worked in special and mainstream schools in the UK and India, worked as a Family Services Coordinator for Mencap, and with adults with disabilities in a large residential service. Anne also has teaching experience in FE and HE. For 7 years Anne worked as a psychology lecturer specialising in the fields of communication, disability and inclusive education. Anne continues to work directly with children with special needs and provide training to teachers, teaching assistants, parents and carers.

Expertise Summary

Autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Facilitated Communication

Special and mainstream education

Inclusion in education

Clinical work with adults and children

Support and training to parents, carers and staff

Workshop leader and trainer

Teaching and support to students

Teaching Summary

Anne teaches on three of the four modules of the MA Special and Inclusive Education. She is module leader for Communication and Literacy. Anne's teaching covers typical and atypical development of… read more

Research Summary

Anne researches within the field of special educational needs and disabilities. Current projects include: an interview study of parents of children with disabilities who attend an early years… read more

Recent Publications

Anne is a member of the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing. She would be interested to co-supervise in the following areas:

  • Autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disabilities

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Facilitated Communication

  • Special and mainstream education

  • Inclusion in education

  • Clinical work with adults and children

  • Support and training to parents, carers and staff

  • Teaching and support to students

Research proposals: please email Anne if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic.

Anne teaches on three of the four modules of the MA Special and Inclusive Education. She is module leader for Communication and Literacy. Anne's teaching covers typical and atypical development of children with a particular focus on aspects of communication. In addition sessions with a focus on inclusion, communication disorders, engagement and autism are delivered to students on teacher education courses.

Anne teaches on the PGCEi and is Cohort Leader for Kuala Lumpur as well as being the Regional Coordinator for Asia. She is as associate of the Peer Observation College.

Current Research

Anne researches within the field of special educational needs and disabilities. Current projects include: an interview study of parents of children with disabilities who attend an early years provision; an adapted form of lesson study to support teacher development; an investigation of government guidance on the writing of Education, Health and Care Plans; and cross-campus collaboration to review inclusive provision in Asia for UNESCO. In addition Anne is part of multi-national EU funded team developing technology to support teachers in delivering individualised learning programmes for students in special and mainstream schools..

Past Research

Together with colleague Jackie Dearden, Anne has developed a model for understanding and working with non-verbal children with autism and intellectual disabilities. Also for people with autism, Anne worked on an EU funded project to develop a Europass tool to aid employment and training opportunities. Past research focused on an investigation of underlying competence in individuals with autism and severe communication impairments in the UK and Germany, the engagement of children who are resistant to adult intervention, and appropriate language use by staff working with non-verbal students.

Future Research

Anne is planning a longitudinal project investigating the impact of a child with disabilities in terms of the stress and coping of their parents and carers with a particular focus on post-traumatic growth.

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