At Blue Sky Autism we believe strongly in using the latest evidence based approaches and techniques to support our therapy programmes. We are 100 percent committed to building our expertise and our service in order to continue to provide the best possible therapeutic intervention and support to the amazing children that we work with.

We undertake a number of small scale research projects each year focusing both the efficacy and outcomes of our therapy programmes and the experiences of parents and the wider family.

In 2015 and 2016 we have been using survey data to explore the experiences of parents who have a preschool child with autism or related developmental disabilities. Our most recent report on our findings can be found here:

SG Survey Report

Our key research projects are:

1.“In what ways do experiences of parents of preschool children who have a diagnosis of Autism vary between Central Scotland and Massachusetts?” Ruth Glynne-Owen; Doctoral Thesis; University of Edinburgh, Moray House.

This is a comparative case study using parental interview data and policy analysis to look at parent experiences with diagnosis, services and autism professionals and how these experiences differ across MA and Central Scotland. The focus of this thesis is discourse analysis and Ruth is looking specifically at the differences in policy discourse across the two cases and the impact the differences in experiences may have on parental perspectives of autism and aspirations for children.

2. “Experiences and Outcomes for Children Accessing Low Intensity Nursery Group Programmes.” Blue Sky Therapy Team

Blue Sky Autism specific project.

We are undertaking a small scale evaluation of  data in relation to children who are accessing low level intensity programmes through our nursery group option. We are focussing primarily on the development of verbal communication using a PRT approach. We will also be looking at gains in other areas using the Vineland and GARS assessments at baseline and after 6 months.