Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum


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Advisory Panel

Dorothy McDowell
Parent representative
Dr Clare Robertson
Consultant, Children’s Hospital, John Radcliffe
Dr Kate Field
Senior Researcher, Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.
Dr Melissa Rodd
Lecturer in Mathematics Education
Dr Nick Hodge
The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
Katrina Dare
Parent representative
Liz Osman
Parent Support Project Manager, The Treehouse
Professor Anthony Bailey
Head of the Autism Research Group, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
Rachel Pike
Regional Area Co-ordinator, National Autistic Society
Sara Candy
Wellcome Trust
Steven McGuinness
Parent representative
Rachel Miller
Qualititive researcher, the King's Fund in London and the Judge Institute for Management Studies in Cambridge.

We would like to thank all those who took part in the research and shared their experiences so openly and enthusiastically

Supported by:
The Wellcome trust 

Grant holders:
Sue Ziebland
Anthony Bailey
Ann McPherson
​Alison Chapple


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