Oxford Brookes University

The Institute for Research in Child Development

Children facing challenges

Many children in our society today face severe challenges. Some arise as a result of disorders present from birth, others develop as a child enters its early years, whilst many become evident when the child starts at school or is introduced to a new culture.

Although these changes vary in nature and effect, all children who experience them share a vulnerability which may have a profound impact on them and their families. Without effective support these children may never reach their full potential, and the difficulties which they face in fundamental stages of development could go on to define their future lives.

Oxford Brookes has now brought together an expert group of developmental psychologists to form a new Institute for Research in Child Development. The research carried out by this team informs the best practice guidelines being used in schools, hospitals, and social care environments.

This research is crucial if we are to establish new ways of enabling children facing challenges to be the very best that they can be.

We are currently seeking funds to support this research, with particular emphasis on developing our research expertise in the following areas:

  • Asperger syndrome and Autism
  • A new research partnership with Helen House Hospice in East Oxford
  • Dyslexia
  • Down syndrome
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Cultural identity problems
  • Deafness
  • Developmental co-ordination disorders
  • Sleep disorders

Supporting the initiative

Our need is to attract funding support for postgraduate student research scholarships. If you are interested in discussing ways in which you might contribute to this aim, please contact Helen Shone at hshone@brookes.ac.uk or phone on 01865 484 909.

Did you know?

...that recent donations to Oxford Brookes' Institute for Research in Child Development have helped establish a collaborative PhD research project with Helen House Hospice in East Oxford, examining children's understanding of chronic illnesses across different age ranges.

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