Vaso Totsika

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Vaso Totsika is an Associate Professor in Intellectual Developmental Disability at the Division of Psychiatry in UCL. Vaso’s research interests focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities across the life span. In particular, she is interested in how the social environment shapes the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. In the early years and childhood, Vaso’s research has focused on parental mental health, parenting, and their association with the mental health and well-being of children with a developmental disability. In adulthood, her research focuses on support staff and family carers’ supporting adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism to achieve a better quality of life. She is a member of the editorial board of Research in Developmental Disabilities, and Frontiers in Education (Special Educational Needs).


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How many ways do they need to say it? Young autistic people need support for their mental health.

Autistic people with mental health needs are clear that they need specialised services and these can only be effective if people are properly trained in both mental health and autism.

Vaso Totsika’s blog considers a study by Crane and colleagues, which seeks to further our understanding of how young autistic people experience the world of service provision in relation to their mental health needs, and in particular at the time of transition from child to adult services.

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