Developing ecologically valid parent education for families living with autism in a part of Europe

David Preece

University of Northampton

Dr David Preece is Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at the University of Northampton, where he works within the Centre for Education and Research (CeSNER). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR). He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the University and supervises PhD and MA students in the UK and India. He has published widely on autism and was joint editor of ‘Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum’ (Optimus Publishing, 2013).David is involved in work focusing on the experience of children and young people with autism and their families; broader disability issues; and pedagogy both within and outside the classroom. He has led and been involved in research projects in the UK and worldwide on topics including social support for families living with autism, autism and inclusion, social attitudes towards disability and multi-sensory storytelling. He is leading this Erasmus+ funded project to research and develop parent education in autism in Croatia, Cyprus and the FYR of Macedonia.


Autism can challenge traditional parenting styles, causing parents to feel deskilled and disempowered, especially when little information or support is available to them. The provision of accurate information about autism and... [ view full abstract ]

Ethics and permissions statement and / or disclosure of potential conflict of interest (if relevant)

This research is carried out in accordance with the partner universities' ethical guidelines and in accordance with the British Education Research Association Ethical Guidelines (2011). Ethical approval for the project and for... [ view full abstract ]


  1. David Preece (University of Northampton)
  2. Vladimir Trajkovski (Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism)
  3. Loizos Symeou (European University Cyprus)
  4. Jasmina Stosic (University of Zagreb)
  5. Katerina Mavrou (European University Cyprus)
  6. Eleni Theodorou (European University Cyprus)
  7. Jasmina Troshanska (Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism)
  8. Sanja Blazevic (Centar za Autizam, Zagreb)
  9. Ana Ruzic (Centar za Autizam, Zagreb)
  10. Aurelie Baranger (Autism Europe aisbl)
  11. Ron Fortuna (Target Autism)
  12. Angela Capper (Target Autism)
  13. Nefi Charalambous-Darden (AASP Center)
  14. Angela Winstanley (AASP Center)
  15. Julia Hardcastle (Autism Concern)
  16. Paul Bramble (University of Northampton)
  17. Alexis Kokkinos (European University Cyprus)
  18. Cristina Fernandez (Autism Europe aisbl)
  19. Jasmina Frey Skrinjar (University of Zagreb)

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Topics: Practice


V1A » Oral Posters: Parent training; family/peer support; mentoring I (12:00 - Friday, 16th September, Moorfoot Room)

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