Digital transitions: learning from lockdown for the future

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A webinar to share examples, learning, and tips on supporting transitions for autistic children during lockdown using digital tools

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The Autism Community Research Network @Southampton [ACoRNS] is a public engagement project that has developed a research-practice partnership between Education and Psychology at the University of Southampton, school leaders and practitioners in the local community. Together they have established a co-constructed network for researching evidence-based practices in autism education, with the views and perspectives of children and young people at its centre.

Festival of Social Science events were held in 2017 and 2019 to showcase the research being undertaken by this partnership; bringing together local families, educational practitioners and related professionals.

This online event for 2020 will be an opportunity to share the important and innovative research that has been done with Digital Stories during lockdown to support the assessments of children for their EHCPs, and the transitions of older students with complex needs beyond school. These approaches were particularly important under social distancing measures and could also be helpful for the longer term.

This event will include opportunities for discussion and sharing of ideas and will be chaired by Professor Sarah Parsons

This event will be held online and is free however you must register to attend and receive the joining link and instructions. You will receive an information pack following the event, including a guide on making Digital Stories and relevant research summaries and papers.

Target audience:

Early years

Local authorities

Educational Psychologists


Speech and Language therapists

Social workers


Third-sector organisations

More information about speakers from University of Southampton and other event contributors can be found at:

Dr Hanna Kovshoff

Dr Henry Wood with Aviary Nursery, Eastleigh

Stephanie Lewis with Hill House School, Lymington

Friday 13th November 2020, 10-12 (live)

Recording of the event available from 2pm

Event Schedule:

10:00 Introduction

10:15 Dr Henry Wood and Aviary Nursery: Using Digital Stories for assessments and transition planning for autistic pre-school children

10:40 Q&A

10:55 Break

11:10 Stephanie Lewis and Hill House School: Using Digital Stories to facilitate autistic young people to have a voice in their transition to adulthood

11:35 Q&A

11:50 Wrap-up

12:00 Event closes

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