Year of Entry: 2014
Thesis Title: Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention for Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Comparative Study between Practices and Policies in the UK and China.
Summary of Research: Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI), which is under the umbrella of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), is an established treatment method for young children with ASD. This study focuses on how ABA-based intervention is applied, in terms of relevant policies and practices. In particular, the application of EIBI in China and the UK is critically examined within the cultural, medical and social context of the two countries. In order to achieve the research aims, mixed methods will be used to collect data in this cross-cultural investigation. This research contributes to understanding issues in an increasingly multi-cultural and connected society.
Personal Statement: I completed my Bachelor degree in Social Work at Huazhong Agricultural University, China, in 2012, along with a minor degree in Journalism (2009 to 2011) at Wuhan University, China. In 2013, I completed my Master by Research degree in Social Work at University of York, the UK, under the University’s Scholarship for Overseas Students. I was awarded the China Scholarship Council/Queen’s University Belfast studentship to pursue PhD study at Queen’s. I have been working as volunteer for children diagnosed with ASD during my PhD studying time in the UK.
Research Centre: Centre for Behaviour Analysis
Supervisor: Prof Karola Dillenburger