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The Atypical Development Unit

The Atypical Development Unit comprises a group of academics with expertise in both typical and atypical development. We use the term 'atypical' to cover a broad range of differences, not necessarily disabilities.

Our work in this area focuses on language, cognitive, and social development in a number of populations, including children with: Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, reading comprehension disorders, and bilingual learners.

Our research in this area involves research collaborations with schools, education and health professionals in the North West region, and is funded by national and international organisations and charitable trusts. The Atypical Development Unit's knowledge exchange activities are supported by funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).

Higher Education Innovation Fund

The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) is a government funding programme that supports a broad range of knowledge transfer activities between Higher Education Institutions and business, public sector bodies and third sector partners. Through these collaborations we aim to improve products, goods and services.

The focus of the Atypical Development Unit's work supported by HEIF is to develop our applied activities with local schools and education and health professionals. We welcome your input. If you are a practitioner or a school working with children or young people and would like to get involved in our work, please contact Lynne Hargreaves, our administrator.