Richards Lab

Research group working to improve clinical outcomes for children with neurodevelopmental conditions.

Operating as usual

20/12/2023

Wrapping up the day with a festive Christmas Meal to celebrate our last work day together! 🎄A huge shoutout to everyone who supported our research - your contributions have been invaluable! 🤩

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ✨

15/08/2023

🎉 Conference alert! 🎉

We're really excited to announce we'll be hosting the 20th Conference on research in intellectual & developmental disabilities at the University of Birmingham this December! 🌟 Studentship & abstract submissions are now open, we're really looking forward to welcoming you to Birmingham in December! 🙂

🖱 https://tinyurl.com/SeattleConf23

15/02/2023

📣Join us for a one day in person event hearing from experts in the field of self-injury, sleep & child development! 📣

The event at the University of Birmingham titled ‘Self-injury in children with intellectual disability - From research to practice’ will take place on place on Friday 10th March 2023 and is specifically for clinicians, educational professionals and researchers.

Experts within the field of self-injury, sleep and child development will be joining us to provide an engaging and up to date summary of research that will be useful for professionals and clinicians alike.

There will also be the opportunity to take part in round table discussions and conversations about disseminating research findings to ensure they’re accessible to families and within clinical practice. We’re delighted to say one of our expert speakers, Professor Frank Symons, will be travelling all the way from the University Minnesota to join us!

🖱You can book your place at the event by following this link (please note there are limited spaces, so don't miss out!): https://tinyurl.com/SIB-Event

🖱You can find the timetable for the day, along with information about our talks and speakers here: https://www.cerebranetwork.com/sib-event-march-2023

16/12/2022

It's our last working day here at the Richards Lab before we all break up for Christmas! A big thank you to all the families that have participated in our research over the past year. ⭐️ We're forever appreciative of the time you take to get involved - none of our work would be possible without you! ☃️🎄

We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas & a happy New Year. ✨ Looking forward to continuing with lots of exciting research in 2023! 🥳

World Prematurity Day - 2022 17/11/2022

💜 Happy ! 💜

Today, we celebrate and raise awareness of children born before 37 weeks. Here at the Richards lab, we’re passionate about further understanding the experiences and outcomes of children born preterm to help shape understanding and support. We want to say a big thank you to all the parents and children who have contributed to our preterm research over the past 4 years (both in person and remotely!). The IPSU project wouldn’t be possible without your support 💜

Check out our video below where Dr Catherine Laverty gives some information about and Emma Covernton tells you all about our current research project you can get involved with!

💻 If you’re interested in taking part or would like any more information, you can contact Emma at [email protected].

World Prematurity Day - 2022

02/11/2022

Our latest mini scientist had a great time with Emma this week taking part in the IPSU project! 🌟 If you have an infant aged between 18-36 months born moderately or late preterm, get in touch to take part!

Contact Emma at [email protected] to get involved!

21/09/2022

This afternoon we said a big thank you to our fantastic placement students who have been with us for the past year! 👏🏻 We’re so grateful for all their hard work & enthusiasm for research, wishing you all the best as you complete the final year of your undergraduate studies! ⭐️

Photos from Richards Lab's post 13/09/2022

Great to be able to have our annual lab planning day in person (fuelled as always by sweet treats and joined from home by our youngest ever lab member! 🍩👶)

Lots of exciting things planned for 2022 - 2023! ⭐️📊

Photos from Richards Lab's post 16/08/2022

Congratulations to Dr Catherine Laverty on her viva success! 🎉🤩
Her thesis investigated the impact of moderate or late preterm birth on social understanding. Thank you to all of the families that contributed to this research ❤️💙

05/08/2022

Our latest mini scientist had a fantastic time earlier with Emma & Catherine taking part in the IPSU project! 🌟

The IPSU project aims to explore how infants interact with
others and their ever-changing world in the early stages of development. We are particularly interested in how early life and birth experiences might influence later development and are looking for eager mini scientists born moderately or late preterm to take part!

🟠Who can take part? 🟠

📌Infants between the ages of 18-36 months
📌Born moderately or late preterm (between 32- 36 weeks gestation)
📌Unfortunately within the limits of the current studies infants with a sibling who has received a formal diagnosis of idiopathic autism are unable to take part

🟠How to take part? 🟠

Contact Emma if you're interested and we'll be in touch to book in your visit to the University!

🖱[email protected]

Photos from Richards Lab's post 14/07/2022

It's been one whole year since we launched our SIB Study remote games sessions! Check out the post below to see some amazing stats including how many families we've had the pleasure of meeting via our games sessions since 14th July 2021! 🤩 Here's to many more games sessions ahead! (and a big thank you to everyone that has taken part already!)🥳

Photos from Richards Lab's post 13/07/2022

Yesterday Dr Georgie Agar & Catherine Laverty had a brilliant time speaking The Milestone School's parent coffee morning! ☕️They spoke about the links between sleep & daytime behaviour in children with intellectual disability - thank you so much for having us! (and a huge well done to all the children on a successful shuffle up day!) ⭐️

22/06/2022

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a research associate at here the Richards Lab? Check out this video below to see all the things we get up to in a day! This was created by our wonderful placement students that many families may have spoken to while participating in one of the various studies we are running (and was filmed back in January when warm coats were necessary and we often caught amazing skies on our walks home with those longer evenings! 🌅).

We currently have lots of exciting research projects looking for participants at the moment, take a look at what you can get involved with here: https://www.cerebranetwork.com/projects

Photos from Richards Lab's post 20/05/2022

🌟 Meet the SIB Team! 🌟

You may have already had some contact with many of our brilliant researchers working on the SIB project, but do you know our teams favourite colour and go to coffee order? ☕️ Check out the picture below to find out!

The SIB study explores sleep and impulsivity in relation to daytime behaviour in children with intellectual disability and autism who do not have a genetic syndrome.

Children who meet all of the following criteria are invited to take part:

🔹 Children aged 4-15 years
🔹 Children with autism and intellectual disability
🔹 Children without a diagnosis of a known genetic syndrome

If you'd like to take part, click here to register your interest using the code 'SIB' so we can get in touch!

🖱 www.tinyurl.com/sibeoi

Photos from Richards Lab's post 19/05/2022

Thank you so much to Oscott Manor School for having two of our SIB team researchers (Georgie & Catherine!) at your parent event this evening! They had a wonderful time chatting to families, sharing opportunities to take part in research and resources! 🙂 Can’t wait to visit again soon! ⭐️

Photos from Richards Lab's post 06/05/2022

⭐️We're relaunching the IPSU Project!⭐️

We've had a very exciting Friday here at the Richards Lab training some wonderful researchers ahead of relaunching the IPSU project! This project aims to explore how infants interact with
others and their ever-changing world in the early stages of development. We are particularly interested in how early life and birth experiences might influence later development. Data collection for this research began back in 2019 (you may have even taken part!) but was paused in March 2020 because of the pandemic. We're really excited to say we'll soon be ready to book in eligible families interested in taking part! Check out the information below for how to get in touch and register your interest!

🟠What will participation involve? 🟠

All our research will take place at the University of Birmingham. Participation will involve completing 2 playbased tasks and a computer based game which will last approximately 2 -3 hours across one day.

🟠Who can take part? 🟠

📌Infants between the ages of 18-36 months
📌Born mid-late preterm (32- 36 weeks gestation) OR Full term (37- 41 weeks gestation)
📌Unfortunately within the limits of the current studies infants with a sibling who has received a formal diagnosis of idiopathic autism are unable to take part

🟠How to take part? 🟠

Contact Emma if you're interested and we'll be in touch to book in your visit to the University!
🖱[email protected]

Grandma Saved a Bumble Bee 05/05/2022

Today is Cri Du Chat Syndrome awareness day! 🌟

The 5th May is the designated awareness day focusing on raising awareness of this syndrome, support groups and charities. Cri Du Chat Syndrome is a rare genetic condition caused by deletions on chromosome 5 (which is why its awareness day is on May 5th! 📆) and effects 1 in 50,000 children. More information about Cri Du Chat Syndrome can be found on their support group’s website: http://criduchat.org.uk/.

You’ll also find some more information about a recently released debut children's picture book authored by their chairman! The book is written and illustrated by a father of three young children and illustrated in a way so that those with a visual impairment can enjoy the story easily 🤩👏https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1399924605/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_159ZQZA7M09SX2MK1KW6

Grandma Saved a Bumble Bee Grandma Saved a Bumble Bee

Photos from Richards Lab's post 01/05/2022

What a brilliant weekend we've had at the Smith-Magenis Syndrome Foundation UK 30th anniversary conference! A weekend filled with brilliant talks, wonderful conversations with families & hugs! Members of our lab spoke about sleep, safeguarding and parent wellbeing 💙💛 We were also all particularly excited to be joined by Ann Smith who gave a fantastic overview of SMS and a brilliant closing address speaking about the past, present & future of Smith-Magenis Syndrome! What a fabulous weekend we all had, thank you so much for having us!

11/04/2022

Check out the opportunity below if you're interested in joining the Cerebra Network Public Advisory Panel! There's no commitment required, sign up on their website then they will keep you up to date with future news and meetings www.cerebranetwork.com/getinvolved 🤩

Do you have an opinion about research in neurogenetic syndromes? Because we would love to hear it! If you've ever wondered about why a project is happening, or wished that researchers would pay more attention to the things that matter to your family, this is your chance to have your voice heard! Researchers at the Cerebra Network are assembling a Public Advisory Panel to help us make sure that our research is the best it can be. There's no commitment required at this stage, if you sign up on our website then we'll keep you up to date with future news and meetings www.cerebranetwork.com/getinvolved

06/04/2022

🌟 Check out our new CHARGE Syndrome Newsletter! 🌟

Here at the Richards Lab our research team have been busy on the CHARGE syndrome research project furthering our understanding of sleep, behaviour and wellbeing! ⭐️

Take a look at our newsletter for Spring 2022 for an update on what we have been getting up to! Our newsletter can be freely downloaded from our network website below;

🖱 https://www.cerebranetwork.com/charge

Photos from Richards Lab's post 03/02/2022

Looking for something fun to do during the half term break? We are looking for children to take part in an exciting remote study!

This research invites children with autism and intellectual disability to take part in an exciting project investigating sleep and behaviour. Check out a sneak peek of what a games session looks like behind the scenes at our University of Birmingham campus! Here is one of our fantastic PhD students Kat Marlow ready to lead a remote zoom visit with a family! 🤩

Children who meet all of the following criteria are invited to take part:
🔹 Children aged 4-15 years
🔹 Children with autism and intellectual disability
🔹 Children without a diagnosis of a known genetic syndrome

Click here to register your interest and use the code 'HALF TERM' so we can book your session in during the break!

🖱 www.tinyurl.com/sibeoi

Photos from Richards Lab's post 02/02/2022

A brilliant start to our Wednesday morning here at Richards Lab with socially distanced face to face lab meetings back for 2022! ⭐️

Today first year Cerebra funded PhD student Rory O’Sullivan speaks about his first study exploring objective & subjective measures of sleep in children with neurodevelopmental disorders! 🤩 Rory’s meta analysis is pre-registered here; https://tinyurl.com/35hh9f89 🙌🏻 Watch this space for updates on what he finds! 💤

As all good meetings are fuelled by great snacks, today we celebrated a team members birthday with cake & flapjacks! 🎂

26/01/2022

Are you the parent or caregiver of a person with CHARGE syndrome?
Would you be interested in helping us to understand more about sleep, behaviour and wellbeing in CHARGE syndrome?
You can learn more about our research by following this link www.chargeproject.org.uk
If you would like to hear about future research opportunities you can sign up to our regular participant database here: https://tinyurl.com/h4ez4rs3

Be Well Checklist - Cerebra 25/01/2022

What a brilliant launch event this morning for the ! 🤩

The Be-Well Checklist can help parents, carers and professionals to reduce challenging behaviour and improve the wellbeing of people with severe learning disability and complex needs.

Check out the free resource here https://cerebra.org.uk/download/be-well-checklist/ or head over to our twitter page () to catch up with our live tweets from the event! 👏

Be Well Checklist - Cerebra Get your free Be-Well Checklist The Be-Well Checklist can help parents, carers and professionals to reduce challenging behaviour and improve the wellbeing of people with severe learning disability and complex needs. The Be-Well Checklist can be used by parents, carers and professionals when they are...

20/01/2022

Less than three hours to go! 🤩

Be sure to sign up to our free webinar happening this evening to hear all about sleep & self-injury in children with autism & intellectual disability!

Register for free here - https://tinyurl.com/2p8w5z5s

This event is open to parents and carers of those with autism and intellectual disability as well as clinicians, researchers, teachers, students or anyone else interested!

18/01/2022

🌟Have you signed up to our latest free Webinar yet? 🌟

Join us to hear all about sleep and self-injury in children with autism and intellectual disability!

This event is open to parents and carers of those with autism and intellectual disability as well as clinicians, researchers, teachers, students or anyone else interested!

Register for free here - https://tinyurl.com/2p8w5z5s

⭐Free Online Webinar! ⭐
📆Thursday 20th January
⏰8-9pm

Photos from Richards Lab's post 13/01/2022

⭐ Free Online Webinar! ⭐
📆 Thursday 20th January
⏰ 8-9pm

Register for free here - https://tinyurl.com/2p8w5z5s

Join us for our free online webinar to hear all about an exciting research study currently recruiting at the Richards Lab, University of Birmingham!

We will host two formal presentations about sleep and self-injury in those with autism and intellectual disability. There will also be opportunity for a live Q&A session and discussion at the end.

This event is open to parents and carers of those with autism and intellectual disability as well as clinicians, researchers, teachers, students or anyone else interested!

Register for free here - https://tinyurl.com/2p8w5z5s

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