The SIGNS Project – Call for participants!

Posted on 1 February 2018 by Sarah Barrett

Researchers at the Wales Autism Research Centre are looking for parents of children aged 5-11 years old to take part in an online survey study about behaviour patterns and social styles in ALL children! We are looking for parents of children with autism, parents of children with other special needs, and parents of typically developing
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WARC highlights of 2017

Posted on 4 January 2018 by Katy Unwin

This year has been a fantastic year for WARC, with lots of scientific papers published, fascinating talks given, and prizes won! Here are some of our 2017 highlights… Training and awareness raising: The release of the Birthday Party film in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association, which has been viewed more than 4,000 times
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New article!

Posted on 31 July 2017 by Katy Unwin

New article in Molecular Autism on anxiety and repetitive behaviour, co-authored by Sue Leekam, shows that self-regulation may have an important role to play.  To read this new and exciting paper download it from here:
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New paper on sensitivity to emotion in autism

Posted on 19 June 2017 by Sarah Barrett

Dr Catherine Jones has just published an article in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders with her collaborators at City University, London. When faces are emotional people judge having seen them for longer compared to faces that do not show emotion – this is a demonstration of implicit sensitivity to emotion. Catherine and her
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New publication on anxiety and repetitive behaviours

Posted on 12 April 2017 by Sarah Barrett

There is a new publication in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders co-authored by Sarah Barrett and Sue Leekam. The article describes the self-reported experience of anxiety and repetitive behaviour in young people aged 13-20 years from interviews and also questionnaires. The article is available by emailing the authors and will also be on
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WARC PhD members win TWO 2017 prizes!

Posted on 9 March 2017 by Zoe Williams

PhD Prize for Early Promise: Salim Hashmi has won the Cardiff University School of Psychology, First Year PhD Prize for Early Promise! The prize was for his first year work, personal statement and CV. Salim is supervised by Prof Dale Hay and Dr Mark Johansen. Hadyn Ellis PhD Dissertation Award: Sarah has won the Hadyn
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WARC hosts visit by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health and Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University

Posted on 8 February 2017 by Sarah Barrett

At a meeting with the Minister for Social Services and Public Health and the Vice Chancellor of Cardiff University on the 8th February, we presented our partnership work with Johanna Manikiza WLGA ( and introduced our visitors from Latvia led by Liga Berzina, Autism Association of Latvia. Pictured (L-R) are Professor Colin Riordan, Vice Chancellor
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