I'm a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Education. My research examines the situated and emerging sociability of children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) across educational contexts. This involves exploring how different learning environments (special and mainstream, from nursery to post-16) afford alternative opportunities for children with PMLD to engage in social interaction. It also involves investigating how these interactions support emerging sociability, understood in terms of agency (intentional action), intersubjectivity (awareness of the subjectivity of others), and symbolic communication (deliberate exchange of information). The research builds upon work undertaken during my PhD (University of Exeter, 2010) and new book written with Dr Debbie Watson (see Simmons, B. & Watson, D. 2014. The PMLD Ambiguity: Articulating the Life-Worlds of Children With Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. London: Karnac.).
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