Emma Leifler


Name Emma Leifler
PhD student at Karolinska institutet
Employed at KIND Karolinska institutet & GU, IDPP
Home-page https://medarbetare.ki.se/people/emmlei
Telephone +46
E-mail address Emma.leifler@ki.se, emma.leifler@gu.se 


Title of research Inclusion of children with neurodevelopmental conditions in school  – Equivalence and equality in educational practice and powerful inclusive agendas.
Ethical review INCLUSIO 2019-02937
Abstract Neurodevelopmental conditions (NDC) (DSM-5; APA, 2013), such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or ADHD, affect a substantial minority of the general population (Boyle et al., 2011). Equal school education for all individuals is viewed a fundamental duty (UN, 2006, 2015). Inclusive education has focus on multiple aspects (e.g. participation, belonging and achievement). Inclusion is not similar with integration, which concentrates on the capacities of an individual to adapt to a given mainstream. Instead, inclusion demands that we change the existing educational environment in order to respond to the diverse needs of all learners. Still, currently there is a discrepancy between inclusion goals and educational inclusion reality (Allan, J, 2010; Armstrong et. al. 2010), not at least for children with NDCs (Pellicano et al., 2018). This is also true for Sweden (Bartonek et al., 2018), although it has been one of the pioneers for inclusive education along with the United States, Canada and England (Artiles et al., 2011). Particularly, the shortage of evidence-based strategies has been pointed-out (Parsons et al., 2011). Investing in capacity building among schools and teachers, may be more beneficial to the community than individually targeted clinical services (Blank et al., 2012; Odom et al., 2012, 2013).

In progress (intervention study & systematic literature review)


Funding PhD student is part of the Swedish National Research School Special Education for Teacher Educators (SET), funded by the Swedish Research Council (grant no. 2017-06039)
Examination Scheduled for 2022