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Transforming engagement: a case study of building intrinsic motivation in a child with autism (2016)
Journal Article
Emerson, A., & Dearden, J. (2017). Transforming engagement: a case study of building intrinsic motivation in a child with autism. British Journal of Special Education, 44(1), doi:10.1111/1467-8578.12137. ISSN 0952-3383

This longitudinal case study of 10 year old girl with autism and severe communication impairment measures the impact of the MORE (Means, Opportunities, Reasons and Expectations) approach to enhancing engagement and communication proposed by Emerson a... Read More

Applying the ‘least dangerous assumption’ in regard to behaviour policies and children with special needs (2016)
Journal Article
Emerson, A. (in press). Applying the ‘least dangerous assumption’ in regard to behaviour policies and children with special needs. Pastoral Care in Education, 34(2), doi:10.1080/02643944.2016.1154095. ISSN 0264-3944

Children with special needs and disabilities (SEND) in mainstream schools have a wide range of complex conditions rendering it impossible for teachers to fully understand all the complexities of their needs. Difficulties with understanding and self-c... Read More

Four activities to promote student engagement with referencing skills (2014)
Journal Article
Williams, G. J., Emerson, A., Larkin, R. F., & Norman, C. (2014). Four activities to promote student engagement with referencing skills. Psychology Teaching Review, 20(1), ISSN 0965-948X

Teaching academic writing skills in a way that engages students in deep learning is difficult and there is a risk of encouraging surface learning approaches. Moreover, linking the experience of the research process to understanding the provenance of... Read More

Accommodating to motor difficulties and communication impairments in people with autism: the MORE intervention model (2013)
Journal Article
Emerson, A., & Dearden, J. (2013). Accommodating to motor difficulties and communication impairments in people with autism: the MORE intervention model. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7, doi:10.3389/fnint.2013.00045. ISSN 1662-5145

Motor impairment in individuals with autism potentially impacts on their development in all spheres. This paper is particularly concerned with people with severe communication impairments suggesting that recognition of the impact of motor impairments... Read More