Dr Lila Kossyvaki joined ACER in the School of Education as a Research Fellow. She is an autism specialist teacher and she has a strong interest in school-based interventions to promote social communication in children with autism and learning difficulties. Before her PhD she worked in a research centre at the University of Athens and as a lecturer in the Public Institute of Vocational Training (Greece). Lila has also worked in special schools and day care settings for adults in Greece and the UK. During her PhD studies she worked as an academic and social support worker for the disability and learning support services of the University of Birmingham. Her PhD focused on the impact of adult interactive style on the spontaneous communication of children with autism at school.
Lila’s main research interests are:
The impact of adult style on social communication skills in young children with autism and learning difficulties.
The use of technology enhanced learning environments to enable social communication for children on the spectrum.
Developing play skills in children with autism and learning difficulties
She has worked in the following research projects:
SHARE-IT: School-Home Autism Research Environment through Intelligent Technologies, EPSRC funded (July 2013- present).
SHAPE: Shaping the future of technology use in the classroom, ESRC Follow on funding (May 2012- June 2013).
ECHOES 2: Improving children’s social interaction through exploratory learning in a multimodal environment, EPSRC/ESRC, TLRP-TEL funded (May- December 2011).
Kossyvaki, L. (in press) ‘Adult interactive style and autism: reviewing the literature to inform school practice’. Good Autism Practice.
Kossyvaki, L., Jones, G. and Guldberg, K. (2012) ‘The effect of adult interactive style on the spontaneous communication of young children with autism at school’, British Journal of Special Education, 39(4): 173-184. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8578.12001
Avramides, K., Bernardini, S., Foster, M.E., Frauenberger, C., Kossyvaki, L. and Mademtzi, M. (2012) ‘State of-the-art in TEL to support social communication skill development in children with autism: a multi-disciplinary review’, Int. J. Technology Enhanced Learning, 4 (5/6): 359–372. DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2012.051819
Kossyvaki, L. (2011) Autism, play and social interaction by Gammeltoft, L. and Sollok Nordenhof M (2007). Book reviewed in Good Autism Practice, 12 (1), 94.