Lila Kossyvaki

Lila Kossyvaki

Lila Kossyvaki is Associate Professor in Severe, Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities, Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN), School of Education, University of Birmingham.

Location United Kingdom


  • @AlexandraC Thanks for your comment. This is work in progress. It is true that for this project we did not have the time and resources to include non-verbal autistics but we plan to further develop CPAT for autistics with learning/intellectual disabilities and we will then take the views of non-verbal people as well (which is a very time-consuming process and...

  • Thanks Sena for letting us know. I have informed the BETA team and they are working on restoring it.

  • Hi Ali. Yes, I will ask for it to be added. Thanks for bringing to our attention that it is not here.

  • Do you mean like CPAT? Although we have only tried CPAT with teenagers up to 17 years old, we have no reason to believe it will not work with adults. They can use it as a leisure activity. However, there is no research supporting its effectiveness.

  • Yes, this is something we often see with children, autistic or typically developing. In these cases, there needs to be limited exposure to technology (as no exposure is not possible nowadays), which you have to clearly explain to your son using the right tools based on his abilities (language, visual cues, contract).

  • Thanks for your comments. I am afraid time is a big issue and so far we had to rely on automatic transcriptions. I will explore whether we can do anything about this.

  • Hi Eileen. There should have been one attached. We are sorry it is not there yet. Please bear with us.

  • Hi Sheelagh. Thanks for your comment. There should have been a trasncription at the bottom of the audio file. Let me check with why this is not there. Please bear with us.

  • It can be very exciting spending time with autistic people. They have a very different way of seing the world which does not stop surprising me. That's why many of them are into science, arts etc.

  • A very good example Sarah. Thanks for sharing.

  • University of Birmingham colleagues have been involved in their development and they are highly recommended.

  • You need to click on the "Launch" button above and add your up to 5 words to the cloud. You can then add your email address and get the visual sent to you. So far the most commonly used words seem to be: different, unique, neurodiversity, developmental disorder. I also love the fact that two people left their comments in Arabic. Can't read them I am afraid but...

  • Interestingly everyone who commented here so far prefers condition first language. Please make sure you always check with the person or their family members if the person is non-verbal. Autistic or condition first language is often not preferred in other countries outside the UK. For example, in Greece, where I come from, very few autistic people will prefer...

  • Welcome everyone so far! Very nice to have virtually met you. A range of experiences and countries! Carmel, Lilach and I hope that you have found/are finding our course helpful.

  • Hi Sarah. We would love to hear how you found the course. We have consulted several people with autism in terms of its content but I am sure there is room for improvement.

  • Hi Amanda. Thanks for your comment. As it is still early days for this MOOC while we are working on its translation into Greek, Hebrew and Spanish there might be some little flaws here and there. Please accept our apologies. I am not sure why the figures were not added to this page. I will follow this up.

  • Lila Kossyvaki made a comment

    Thanks a lot for your interesting contributions! Just a reminder here that although this course is primarily geared to teachers it is also open to anyone with an interest in autism and attention. Therefore, people who are not teachers, please feel free to keep commenting.

  • This is only a suggestion Anna for people/students who seem to struggle with the sustained attention. Remember that each autistic individual, and more broadly neurodivergent individual, is unique and it is down to the teachers to assess each case and make adjustments.

  • Hello Amanda and May. We tried to employ a number of different ways to transmit information. We are sorry to know that audio was difficult for you. Hopefully the rest of the audio are discussions with teachers and an autistic individual. Hence, they should be easier to follow. You can find and download the transcript by clicking on English Transcription pdf,...