Dr Chris WhittakerVisiting Research Fellow

Specialist Areas


Children with the dual labels of Severe Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ASA/DD)

Research Interests


On-going research into a Minimal Speech Approach for children labelled ASA/DD
Sociology of impairment perspectives on the construction of severe autism

Professional Body Membership and Activity


Honorary Life member Down's Syndrome Association
Member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Member of the Disability Research Forum

Impact


Honorary Fellow. University of Durham. School of Education. 2000-2003
Member of Project Advisory Group: - Involving ASD children in research.- Department of Health Project. Social Policy Research Unit. University of York. 2002
Deputy Chair of the Governing Body: Dryden School. 2004-2005
Honorary Fellow. RIHSC, Manchester Metropolitan University 2008-2014

Research Outputs

Authored Books

Whittaker C., Potter C.A. 2001. "Communication Enabling Environments for Children with Autism". Jessica Kingsley, London.
isbn: 978-1-853029-56-1

Chapters

Whittaker C., Potter C.A. 2005. "A Minimal Speech Approach for children with autism with Little or No Speech" in: Veronica Zysk (eds) The Best of Autism Asperger's Digest Magazine: Volume One. Future Horizons, Texas, USA. pp.37-45
isbn: 978-1-932565-23-2

Potter, C. A. and Whittaker, C. A. (2011) What Does the 'Voice of the Child' Mean for Children with Complex Learning and Communication Impairments? In P. Jones and G. Walker (Eds.) Children's Rights in Practice. London: Sage

Whittaker C. 2004. "Recent perspectives in child development in relation to physiotherapy practice" in: Sally French and Julian Sim (eds) Physiotherapy A Psychosocial Approach. Butterworth Heinemann, London.
isbn: 978-0-750653-29-9

Journal Articles

Whittaker, C. A. (2011) The speech aversion hypothesis has explanatory power in a Minimal Speech Approach to aloof, non-verbal, severe autism. Medical Hypotheses, 78(1), pp.15-22.
url: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22004986

Conference Presentations

Potter, C. A. and Whittaker, C. A. (2010) Promoting self-determination in children with severe autism: from theory to practice. International Interdisciplinary Conference: Lack of Self Dependence - Old and New Areas: Challenges to Education, Rehabilitation and Inclusion. University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland 5th - 7th July

Whittaker C. A. (2010) Cross-paradigm methodologies in the deconstruction of severe autism. Disability Research Forum, Sheffield Hallam University. 10th May

Whittaker, C. A. (2009) The Psycho-medical Construction of Severe Autism: Some Reflections on its Economic and Emotional Costs, Todai Forum 2009 in UK: Disability and Economy: Creating a Society for All, Manchester Metropolitan University

Whittaker, C. A. and Potter, C. A. (2010) Deconstructing the triad of impairment in severe autism: a dependency perspective. International Interdisciplinary Conference: Lack of Self Dependence - Old and New Areas: Challenges to Education, Rehabilitation and Inclusion. University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland 5th - 7th July

Whittaker C., Potter C.A. 2003. "Spontaneous communication: a function of severe autism or the communication environment?" at: Social Brain Conference. Goteborg, Sweden.

Whittaker C., Beavers H. 2003. "Seminar: In-School Continuing Staff Development 2002-2003" at: Eastern Region Headteacher's SLD Network, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Cambridge, UK.

Whittaker C. 2002. "Seminar: Involving ASD children in research" at: Social Policy Research Unit, University of York. York, UK.

Research Reports

Whittaker C. 2002. "Aiding the transition to KS2 for pupils with Profound and complex learning disabilities" for Hadrian School.

Whittaker C. 2002. "Access to Communication through Multipointing for Children with Severe Autism" Autism & Asperger's Digest USA

Other Types of Output

Whittaker C. 2002. "Access to Communication through Multipointing for Children with Severe Autism" Autism & Asperger's Digest USA.

Other Responsibilities


Educational Consultant (CIRA-UK)
Chris Whittaker

Research Centre

Social Change & Wellbeing

Email: c.a.whittaker@mmu.ac.uk