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Louise Malkin

Postgraduate Researcher






Research Interests

As an SEN class teacher, educational consultant and most recently, head of an autism resource provision, I have worked with children and adults with autism spectrum conditions for over ten years. My current research is in the area of pragmatic language development in children with autism. Specifically, I am examining whether children with autism spectrum conditions use knowledge of common ground, that is the experiences they have shared with others, to interpret ambiguous communicative acts.

Thesis title

The development of referential communication in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Dr Kirsten Abbot-Smith (1st supervisor)
Professor David Williams (2nd supervisor)


Research Scholarship (PhD) in Developmental Psychology 2015


  • Malkin, L. (2009). The Effectiveness of The Picture Exchange Communication System. Autism Today Conference. Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh. UK.
  • Malkin, L. (2012). Reduction of Self-Injurious Behaviour through the Introduction of The Picture Exchange Communication System. Communication Matters Conference. University of Leicester. UK.


School of Psychology - Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NP

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