Title: SCH03: Using sport as a vehicle to enhance communication skills in young people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Funding: Full time Home/EU fees and a stipend of £15,009 p.a. (terms & conditions)
Application deadline: 7 May 2019
Start date: October 2019
Duration: 3 years (full time)
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Psychology and School of Health and Social Care)
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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) can be defined as persistent difficulties with communication and social interaction, as well as restricted and repetitive interests, activities, and behaviours, which limit and impair everyday functioning.
Within the UK, ASDs are most commonly identified in those under the age of 14 with somewhere in the region of 1:69 to 1:88 children diagnosed annually. As an intrinsically motivating context for many children and young people, sport may offer an environment where psychosocial competencies, such as communication and social skills, can be developed.
The purpose of the present research, then, is to examine the use of sport as a vehicle to enhance communication and social interaction skills in children and young people diagnosed with ASDs.
Given the nature of the project, candidates with a background in coaching science and/or psychology (i.e., social psychology / developmental psychology / cognitive psychology / sport psychology) and a willingness to adopt both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are encouraged to apply.
The award consists of a full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (further fee details), a doctoral stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,009 in 2019-20), plus £2,500 training bursary via Proficio funding, which may be used to cover the cost of advanced skills training including conference attendance and travel.
Lead supervisorSchool of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex
John Mills is a Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Coaching, specialising in leadership ethics, implicit bias, and using sport as a vehicle to develop psychosocial competencies. He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP), and is the Executive Chair of the Society for Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology.
Co-supervisorDepartment of Psychology, University of Essex
Co-supervisorSchool of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex
Co-supervisorSchool of Health and Social Care, University of Essex
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