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Seonaid Morag Anderson

Seonaid Morag Anderson
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BSc Aquatic Bioscience, MPhil Psychology, PhD.

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Introduction
@Seonaidanderso2 I am a chartered research psychologist and freelance neurodiversity consultant with many years experience in neurodevelopmental disorders. I provide support to research professionals at every stage of the research process and to healthcare experts in their clinical work, for individuals, universities as well as the public sector. https://www.neuro-diverse.org/
Research Experience
May 2020 - present
Neuro-diverse.org
Position
  • Chartered research psychologist and freelance neurodiversity consultant
Description
  • I provide support to research professionals at every stage of the research process and to healthcare experts in their clinical work, for individuals, universities as well as the public sector contact@neuro-diverse.org
July 2017 - present
Today Translations
Position
  • Subject Matter Expert on Specialist Psychological Research
January 2013 - May 2020
Tourettes Action
Position
  • Research Manager
Description
  • Setting research strategies, managing research applications and peer review processes and evaluating outputs and impact of research.

Publications

Publications (25)
Research Proposal
Happy to be part of the @ResilResGroup on twitter. The resilience research group's (RRG) aim is to develop a collaborative group and global network of resilience researchers, in order to develop high quality resilience research. Please contact us if interested
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One factor which many people might not be aware of is that TS and tics are highly suggestible and often related to anxiety – this means someone with TS might find during the COVID-19 crisis that their TS symptoms intensify, as well as any co-occurring conditions including ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression.
Poster
The European clinical guidelines for Tourette Syndrome (TS) suggest that behavioural therapies (BT) are ‘first line treatments for tics for both children and adults’. However a barrier to delivering this treatment in the UK is a lack of access to specialised clinicians. To relieve this problem there has been successful research on BT delivered by t...
Research Proposal
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At ease with your tics: A Guided Relaxation Very excited that the first ever guided relaxation for people with tics is now available on the Tourettes Action website! These recordings have been specifically designed with the aim of helping tolerate the urge to tic, reduce stress and manage their tics. The recording is available with or without m...
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In mainstream education, the transition from primary to secondary school ('school transition') is difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder, being marked by high levels of emotional and behavioural difficulties. The Systemic Transition in Education Programme for Autism Spectrum Disorder (STEP-ASD) is a new, manualised school transition i...
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Tourette syndrome (TS) and chronic tic disorder are conditions characterised by motor and phonic tics, typically starting in early childhood. Psychoeducation is recommended as an essential component of any treatment package for TS 1, 2. Studies indicate that educational information enhances knowledge and attitudes towards individuals with TS, and i...
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The transition from primary to secondary education (hereafter 'school transition') is a major ecological shift that poses considerable social, emotional, academic and organisational challenges. It is commonly assumed that this school transition is especially difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder, but that idea is mainly based on anec...
Article
Transition to secondary school is challenging for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as it places increased demands on flexibility and social communication. Despite this there is little empirical evidence regarding the specific difficulties faced by children with ASD and their families during this transition. This study explored the expe...
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Transition to secondary school is challenging for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as it places increased demands on flexibility and social communication. Despite this there is little empirical evidence regarding the specific difficulties faced by children with ASD and their families during this transition. This study explored the expe...
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Research has shown that the majority of school students combine full‐time education with part‐time employment. To date educationalists have paid little attention to this, in part due to the negative views about the ‘quality’ of such work and its effect on educational attainment. In this research, a case study approach is used to explore the potenti...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent of accidents amongst child workers and to test the hypothesis that the tendency to have an accident is related to low perception of risk. Design/methodology/approach – Over 700 Year 10 school students answered questionnaires concerning their experience of employment. The school students c...
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T he Children and Young Persons Act (1933) allows young people, before they reach the end of the period of compulsory education, to have a part-time job whilst still at school. This legislation has been updated at various times but the essential elements have remained largely unchanged. Local authorities are charged with the day-to-day application...
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The lack of action on child employment by the British government following the 2004 recommendations by the Better Regulation Task Force is part of a broader pattern. In 1973, the Conservative government supported, but did not enact, an Employment of Children Act. In 1998, New Labour set up an interdepartmental enquiry into child employment legislat...
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The majority of young people have experience of paid employment before they reach the end of their compulsory education. However, questions have been raised about the effi cacy of existing child employment legislation to protect young employees. This paper reports the fi ndings from the fi rst in-depth study of policy and practice in this area. The...
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Questions and Answers

Question & Answers (5)
Question
Hi there, I wondered if this research included Tourette Syndrome or if there were any statistics about TS in CJS?
many thanks Seonaid Research manager Tourettes Action
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The charity Tourettes Action gets questions from LGBTQ individuals within the Tourette Syndrome community - any research or articles on this topic please?

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We want to hear from all the TS patient associations to highlight the impact the patient associations across Europe/ Worldwide. If we gather some evidence, then perhaps patient associations could call for appropriate support from their governments to protect the patient support associations during this difficult time and in the future. This survey is being conducted by Dr Andreas Hartmann and Dr Seonaid Anderson. If you have questions please contact contact@neuro-diverse.org
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Research manager Dr Seonaid Anderson and Forensic psychologist Liz Murray, are working together to write a chapter about Tourette Syndrome and forensic settings (for example people with Tourette Syndrome in prisons, secure psychiatric hospitals, individuals on remand, police custody). The purpose of the chapter is to raise awareness in forensic mental health of the difficulties people with TS have to deal with. Can you please get in touch if you or someone you know with TS has lived experiences of TS in forensic settings, and would be willing to tell us a little of their experiences? Your name and details would not be used in the book. Please if you can help contact Seonaid@tourettes-action.org.uk
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Liz Murray, a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered psychologist, explains how she was inspired to create a recorded guided relaxation for people with tics and Tourette Syndrome (TS). Liz delivers behavioural therapy for people across the UK who have a diagnosis of tics or Tourette Syndrome, via an online platform called telemedicine. Liz also have TS herself and here she explains how the idea for her guided relaxation - At ease with your tics: A Guided Relaxation - came about. "After taking part in a mindfulness practice session called *‘Soften, soothe and allow’ and attending the behavioural therapy training for tics organised by Tourettes Action. I attended an eight-week mindfulness course. While generally beneficial, I found it difficult to stay still in sessions. I found that the mindfulness practices had little or no effect on my tic activity. During the mindfulness ‘soften, soothe and allow’ pilot session I took part in I was asked to focus on a health issue. I focused on a tic which happened to be active and was surprised to find by the end of the 20 minute session that the frequency and intensity of the tic had reduced. I then started to wonder if a relaxation specifically designed for someone with tics could be created. Working with a friend Betty, who is a retired nurse and meditation teacher, we formulated the design and syntax to be used during the relaxation. Another friend Ray, has a recording studio, and therefore, with Betty as narrator, we were able to make a recording of the guided relaxation in March 2016. This pilot recording was given to a small group of adults with a diagnosis of tics or Tourette syndrome who listened and gave vital feedback. They all welcomed that a guided relaxation for tics was being developed. More work on the script followed and during some research on mindfulness I came across the work of Dr Tamara Russell, a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist who had written a book in 2016 called Mindfulness in Motion. After a productive telephone discussion about our guided relaxation for tics, two of the concepts described in her book were incorporated into our script: setting ‘intention’ and exploring neural pathways from within the body during meditation. The editing of the script for the relaxation was edited by a group of psychologists working in the world of tics and Tourette syndrome; Dr Seonaid Anderson, Dr Tara Murphy, Jolande van de Griendt and Dr Cara Verdellen. As professionals with specific knowledge and expertise on Tourette Syndrome they offered advice, encouragement and were involved in editing the script. The script now fits with current research and practice in the treatment of tics of tolerating the urge to tic and stress reduction. Our team decided that the recorded script should be called ‘A Guided Relaxation’ as it engages the thought process while a meditation is more about giving attention to one thing such as the breath. The growth of the guided relaxation has been a lengthy process developing slowly before a final recording in January 2018. The work has thrived on the goodwill of everyone willing to contribute their diverse areas of experience and expertise freely in the hope that the recording can add to the strategies that can help people manage their tics. The guided relaxation has been gifted to Tourettes Action. If you wish to download the MP3 of the guided relaxation this can be bought for a small fee at the Tourettes Action shop. Please don’t forget to also complete the feedback form about the guided relaxation – this will help us gather information about the usefulness of the guided relaxation. *‘Soften, soothe and allow’ mindfulness practice by Prof Kristin Neff, University of Texas Credits: Liz Murray, Elizabeth Craig, Attic Studio, Glentrool, Antony Gouldsbrough, Riverside Studios, Belgium.Dr Seonaid Anderson, Dr Tara Murphy, Dr Tamara Russell, Jolande van de Griendt and Dr Cara Verdellen. © At ease with your tics: A Guided Relaxation 2018.