Chat Lab

Our Stories project

Our Stories is a 1-year ESRC-funded research project led by the University of Southampton. We are investigating new ways of using shared video stories to support participation of autistic individuals in their health, education and social care at times of transition, and including children and young people who may not yet use spoken language.

The Sussex part of the project has two parts:

Time for Autism (with Brighton and Sussex Medical School): Dr Samantha Holt is working with the medical school Time for Autism scheme. This scheme incorporates autism awareness and understanding into medical student training, with the students making home visits to families with an autistic member. Dr Holt is working with 3 families for them to co-create videos showcasing interests, preferences and strengths, and similarly with medical students creating 'Who I am' videos, to be shaed before their home visit.

Just Right (with Sadie Gillett, Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service): Just Right is an emotion regulation scheme developed and implemented across schools in Brighton & Hove. It focuses on using calming techniques to support moment-to-moment transitions in the school settings, supporting all children to be ready to learn. Devyn Glass is working with young autistic people in a local secondary school to sdupport them creating 'How I feel' stories to express how they manage transitions between spaces in school.

Both projects will produce toolkits and methods which may be used more widely, to support increased understanding of the strengths and adaptations used by different groups in accessing education and healthcare.