Participants required for student study into Autism and School Refusers

I am studying for an MA (Postgraduate student qualification) at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University and I’m currently researching the reasons that children with Autism refuse school (and the terminology surrounding this). 

I would really like to get the perspectives of parent/carers, professionals and the young people. If you are interested in contributing or being interviewed please e-mail:

Many Thanks,

Saphire Took



About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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5 Responses to Participants required for student study into Autism and School Refusers

  1. Lisa says:

    Saphire Took l would like to be interviewed for your thing about school refusal and autistic kiddies

  2. Karen walters says:

    I have a 14 year old daughter recently diagnosed asd and school refuser for past 18 months, now deregisterred. I’ll list the reasons rather than waffle.
    Disbelief that she had any problems amongst various health professionals from primary mental health team to educational psychologist.

    Lack of alternative facilities within school.

    Lack of knowledge and understanding in schools.

    Schools keen to blame parenting as the issue.

    Schools are not designed for pupils with sensory processing disorder.

    Schools are inflexible and refuse to adapt to the child’s needs (unless it’s a physical disability)

    Schools focus on ‘ can do better’ approach. It’s too much about academic achievement and attendance…too much pressure in an already stressed child.

    • aspiedelazouch says:

      Hi Karen, I came across your comment here: I’m a secondary school SENCO and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Your comment is pure gold and should be sent to every school in the country. You said it all so simply. Bravo.

  3. cptscallywag says:

    I believe the term ‘ School Refusers’ dont give an accurate description. This terminology does not help. The actual cause is often anxiety due to inadequate support.
    Therefore a medical problem.

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