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Sleeping on vocabulary project - now recruiting in Bradford schools


  • Do you have 6 or more children with ASD at your school aged 8-13? 
  • Would your school like to participate in some psychology research?
  • Want to explore how explicit vocabulary instruction impacts on learning and recall for children with and without autism at your school?
  • Have you wondered if quality of children's sleep impacts on learning?
This is an experimental design study to investigate how children aged 8—13 years learn new vocabulary and what role sleep has on success for consolidation of learning.   In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the role that sleep has in language development, in particular the consolidation of new vocabulary over time.   This pilot study involves teaching unfamiliar ‘tier 2’ words to small groups of typically developing and children with autism using explicit vocabulary instruction and then testing the learning after sleep at 1 day then 1 month later.   The vocabulary lessons are designed using key recommendations from the EEF guidance reports on literacy and feedback from the recent school survey completed by teachers.

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Further information

To find out more, contact Karen Vaughan on