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Luke Beardon

Luke Beardon BA (Hons), PgC (Autism), EDd

Senior Lecturer


Summary

Luke has worked for several years in the fields of autism and Asperger Syndrome, in capacities ranging from practitioner to researcher to trainer. He started work specific to autism for The National Autistic Society (NAS) as a Service Coordinator assisting in the development of a residential service for young adults with autism.

About

In his post as Senior Lecturer in autism Luke runs various courses at different academic levels in autism, including a Masters qualification, while continuing to research and consult in the field of autism. He is the course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome, run in collaboration with the National Autistic Society, and supervises students at Doctoral level. In 2011 he was nominated for and subsequently awarded the Inspirational Teacher Award as voted by students. In 2012 Luke was nominated for and subsequently awarded the Inspirational Research Supervisor Award as voted by students.

Specialist areas of interest

Autism
Asperger Syndrome
Individual support and the criminal justice system

Research

Luke has been part of a research team at Nottingham University running a three year project, and has several publications in national and international journals related to the project. He completed his doctoral thesis at Sheffield Hallam University which was titled: Asperger Syndrome and Perceived Offending Conduct: A Qualitative Study.

He co-wrote the ASPECT consultancy report, the largest consultation with adults with AS undertaken at the time. He is co-editor of three books on Asperger syndrome published by Jessica Kingsley, and has various other publications in journals.

Publications

Journal articles

Beardon, L., Baker-Rogers, J., Chown, N., Hughes, L., Cossburn, K., & Leatherland, J. (2018). Achieving More in College' Project: An assessment of the support for autistic students attending United Kingdom colleges. Good Autism Practice.

Chown, N.P., Beardon, L., & Cossburn, K. (2018). Rare instances of individuals with autism supporting or engaging in terrorism: a response to Lino Faccini and Clare Allely. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, 9 (1), 59-63. http://doi.org/10.1108/jidob-06-2017-0012

Chown, N., Robinson, J., Beardon, L., Downing, J., Hughes, L., Leatherland, J., ... MacGregor, D. (2017). Improving research about us, with us: a draft framework for inclusive autism research. Disability and Society, 32 (5), 720-734. http://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1320273

Leatherland, J., & Beardon, L. (2016). Introducing FAMe™: Can improved teacher access to individualised classroom support information impact positively on levels of anxiety in autistic pupils? ‘The Bridge: Journal for Educational Research-Informed Practice’, 3 (2). https://journaleducationalresearchinformedpractice.wordpress.com/volume-3-issue-2/research-article-1/

Beale-Ellis, S., Beardon, L., Chown, N., & Martin, N. (2014). Examining intellectual prowess, not social differences: removing barriers from the doctoral viva for autistic candidates. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education, 22-38.

Beale-Ellis, S., Beardon, L., Chown, N., & Martin, N. (2014). Examining intellectual prowess, not social differences: removing barriers from the doctoral viva for autistic candidates. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education, 22-38.

Beardon, L., & Chown, N. (2014). Identification of adults on the autism spectrum: a suggested pathway and good practice principles. Good Autism Practice, 35.

Beardon, L., Woolsey, I., & Martin, N. (2009). What do students with Asperger syndrome or highfunctioning autism want at college and university? (in their own words). Good Autism Practice, 35.

Beardon, L. (2008). Is Autism really a disorder part two - theory of mind? Rethink how we think. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and higher Education, 19-21.

Beardon, L., Martin, N., Goodley, D., & Madriaga, M. (2008). Towards an inclusive environment for university students who have Asperger syndrome. Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education, 3-14.

Cobb, S., Beardon, L., Eastgate, R., Glover, T., Kerr, S., Neale, H., ... Wilson, J. (2002). Applied virtual environments to support learning of social interaction skills in users with Asperger's Syndrome. Digital Creativity, 13 (1), 11-22. http://doi.org/10.1076/digc.13.1.11.3208

Beardon, L., Parsons, S., & Neale, H. (2001). An interdisciplinary approach to investigating the use of virtual reality environments for people with Asperger syndrome. Educational and Child Psychology, 18 (2), 53-62.

Book chapters

Beardon, L. (2022). How and Why are Autistic People Anxious? In Educational Psychology Perspectives on Supporting Young Autistic People. Jessica Kingsley

Beardon, L. (2022). ‘Autopia'. In The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Autism Studies. (pp. 159-164). Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781003056577-16

Beardon, L., Chown, N., Cossburn, K., & Debbaubt, D. (2021). Autism and Operational Policing. In Handbook of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Law. Springer

Beardon, L. (2019). Autism, Masking, Social Anxiety and the Classroom. In Teacher Education and Autim. Jessica Kingsley

Beardon, L., Chown, N., & Milton, D. (2017). England and Autism. In Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer

Beardon, L. (2017). Foreword. In Sensing the City: an Autistic Perspective. Jessica Kingsley

Beardon, L. (2017). The Stigma of Autism. In Thirty Years of Social Change. Jessica Kingsley

Beardon, L., & Gaskell, L. (2017). Autism, Learning Disability, and the Criminal Justice System. In The Autism Annual. Pavillion

Beardon, L., & Chwon, N. (2017). Theoretical Models of Autism. In Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer

Beardon, L., & Chown, N. (2017). Autism Theory. In Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer

Beardon, L., Chown, N., & Cossburn, K. (2017). First responders and autism. In Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer

Beardon, L. (2016). Foreword. In Sensory Issues for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Jessica Kingsley

Beardon, L. (2014). Foreword. In Very Late Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. Jessica Kingsley

Beardon, L. (2012). Foreword. In Autism and Flexischooling. Jessica Kingsley

Beardon, L. (2006). Foreword. In The Asperger Personal Guide. Lucky Duck

Beardon, L. (2006). Foreword. In The Asperger Social Guide. Lucky Duck

Beardon, L. (2005). Foreword. In The Asperger Love Guide. Lucky Duck

Books

Beardon, L. (2022). What Works for Autistic Children. Sheldon Press.

Beardon, L. (2021). Avoiding Anxiety in Autistic Adults. Sheldon Press.

Beardon, L. (2020). Avoiding Anxiety in Autistic Children. Sheldon Press.

Beardon, L. (2019). Autism in Childhood. (2nd). Sheldon Press.

Beardon, L. (2017). Autism in Adults. (2nd). Sheldon Press.

Beardon, L., & Worton, D. (2017). Love, Partnership, or Singleton on the Autism Spectrum. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Beardon, L., & Worton, D. (2017). Bittersweet on the Autism Spectrum. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Wylie, P., Lawson, W., & Beardon, L. (2015). The Nine Degrees of Autism A Developmental Model for the Alignment and Reconciliation of Hidden Neurological Conditions. Routledge.

Beardon, L., & Worton, D. (2011). Aspies on Mental Health Speaking for Ourselves. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Edmonds, G., & Beardon, L. (2008). Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Edmonds, G., & Beardon, L. (2008). Asperger Syndrome and Employment Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Reports

Beardon, L. (2007). Aspect Consultancy Report.

Theses / Dissertations

Panella-Peral, S. (2020). A Longitudinal Exploration of Infants’ Social Looks in Naturalistic Settings. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L., & Jay, T. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00354

Pindar, S.-.A. (2019). Autistic Dreaming: a phenomenological study of dreaming and well-being. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00319

Leatherland, J. (2018). Understanding how autistic pupils experience secondary school: autism criteria, theory and FAMe™. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00101

Ellis, S.J. (2014). Perspectives of the autistic ‘Voice’:An ethnography examining informal education learning experiences. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L.

Chown, N. (2012). A treatise on language methods and language-games in autism. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Beardon, L.

Beardon, L. (2008). Asperger Syndrome and perceived offending conduct: a qualitative study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Garner, I., & Senior, P.

Andrews, T.R. (n.d.). Exploring the impact of a developing sexuality on adolescents with autism. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Hodge, N. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00084

Internet Publications

Beardon, L. (2014). Luke Beardon Perspective on Autism. [Blog]. https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/autism/

Other activities

governor, Mossbrook Special School

review and advise on national strategy guidance/legislation: e.g. The Autism Act

Media

Dr Luke Beardon is a member of staff in The Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. He has been working as a practitioner providing support and consultancy in the field of autism and Asperger syndrome for around 20 years. Luke's research interests are around individuals with autism who have broken the law.

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