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About Mirena Dimolareva

During my undergraduate degree (BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology, University of Lincoln) I gained substantial research experience in the Child and Infant Development Lab. Upon completion of my degree, I became an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Tutor/Therapist, gaining experience working with children with Autism on one-to-one basis. As part of my PhD, I am currently working on a project which investigates whether therapy dogs in the classroom environment help children with special needs develop cognitively, socially and emotionally. In addition to this I am also working on a language project which investigates the opinions of parents on the integrated 2-year-review and whether the questionnaire used to detect language delay in children yields similar results to the Preschool Language Scale (gold standard in the field) and the Communicative Development Inventory. My interests include but are not limited to the following areas: • How children learn language and the role of typicality for children with Autism compared to typically developing children. • Early detection and intervention for children with language delay. • Early detection and intervention for children with Autism and future prospects. • Human Animal Interaction- Animal Assisted Interventions in schools for children with special needs • Human Animal Interaction- Animal Assisted Interventions for children and young people with mental health disorders

Subject Specialism

Applied Behaviour Analysis, Autism, Early language acquisition and development

Research Projects

  • Animal Assisted Intervention in Schools- What works? — MARS/WALTHAM in 2015