C4EO commissioned a distinct piece of research separately from the disability theme.
The research is being carried out by the Social Policy Research
Unit at the University of York (SPRU) and led by Professor Tricia Sloper
and Dr Bryony Beresford. It has been funded by DCSF (now DfE) and will be published
The primary research is in two areas:
The effectiveness and costs of early identification and intervention for sleep problems
The effectiveness and costs of different modes of delivering behaviour management
interventions to parents of disabled children
- Rapid review of evidence on the effectiveness of behavioural approaches
to behaviour management interventions.
- Mapping of existing models of interventions
to address behaviour problems in disabled children across the age range.
of local services implementing a range of models of intervention that fit with the
evidence on effectiveness, but use different ways of delivering the service.
Evaluation of the effects of interventions in terms of children's behaviour at home
and school/nursery; parental stress and confidence. Exploration of parents'
and professionals' experiences of implementation, how problems are identified, and
the history of the problem, including barriers to and facilitators of intervention;
and comparison of different models on effectiveness and costs.
- Sleep study: accessible summaries of research evidence, including screening and
assessment tools; guidance for practitioners on effective delivery of early intervention
sleep programmes; guidance for parents on managing sleep problems; all co-produced
with practitioners and parents, using facilitated participation techniques.
Behaviour problems study: accessible summaries of research evidence; guidance on
effective ways of training parents in behaviour management skills; guidance for
parents on managing difficult behaviour.
- Both Rapid Evidence Reviews are now
available.The first research study (on sleep problems) is supported by screening
and assessment tools. These summaries are provided in hard copy and on the web –
with separate versions written for practitioner and parent audiences.