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Exploring the experiences of autistic pupils through creative research methods: Reflections on a participatory approach

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Article numbere2467
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>16/10/2023
<mark>Journal</mark>Infant and Child Development
Issue number16
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)1-22
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date16/10/23
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The use of creative qualitative research methods in psychology and other disciplines has increased over recent decades to address power imbalances within research and to centre the voices of participants. These considerations are particularly salient when conducting research with historically marginalized groups, including neurodivergent people. However, research foregrounding the first-person perspectives of neurodivergent children is still limited. In this paper, we discuss the application of creative qualitative research methods when conducting research with neurodivergent children with a range of communication and wider skill profiles. The benefits and challenges of each method are considered, drawing on examples from the first phase of an ongoing longitudinal study. Additional considerations for working ethically and respectfully with neurodivergent children are discussed. Readers are encouraged to consider how best to adapt their research protocols when working with neurodivergent children, in order to minimize research hierarchies, build positive relationships, and produce rich and meaningful data.