Dr Lila Kossyvaki is a Research Fellow in the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) which is a research centre within the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) in the School of Education.
Lila is a chartered psychologist and an autism specialist teacher. She has a strong interest in school and home-based interventions to promote social communication and play skills in children with autism and learning difficulties. She primarily uses participatory action research designs working in close partnerships with participants in real world settings. Lila has worked on a number of research projects exploring Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in typically developing children and children with autism (i.e. ECHOES, The Shape project, Share-It).
She is also a Regional Tutor supervising students from undergraduate to Masters levels on the University's distance education autism courses.
Before her PhD she worked for a research centre in 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 in the University of Birmingham.
She is part of the advisory team of www.specialeducation.gr and a governor in charge of Teaching, Learning and Assessment (autism specialist) at Hamilton School
Lila’s main research interests are:
The impact of adult style on the communication of young children with autism
Interventions to promote social communication skills in young children with autism and learning difficulties.
Technology enhanced learning environments for individuals with autism
Play skills in children with autism and learning difficulties
Staff and parents' training
Cultural differences and autism
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 preparation) Adult Interactive Style Intervention and Participatory Research Designs in Autism: Bridging the gap between academic research and practice. Routledge Research in Special Educational Needs.
Kossyvaki, L., Jones, G. and Guldberg, K. (2014) Training teaching staff to facilitate spontaneous communication in children with autism: Adult Interactive Style Intervention (AISI), Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. DOI: 10.1111/1471-3802.12068
Kossyvaki, L.(2013) Adult interactive style and autism: reviewing the literature to inform school practice, Good Autism Practice,14(2) 23-32. Abstract
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.