Research project about educational psychology support for parents with a child with PMLD


My name is Fay, and I am a trainee educational psychologist studying at Newcastle University.

As part of my training, I am carrying out research into what works well in educational psychology support for families of children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). My hope for the research is to develop a deeper understanding of their lived experiences, which can then inform good practice for EPs and wider professionals (that comes from the voices of the families themselves). In short, it would involve a parent/primary caregiver meeting with me and taking part in an interview about their experiences of working with an educational psychologist. I don’t see this taking longer than 1 - 1.5 hours, and can take place at a convenient time and location for parents/primary caregivers. I have included a leaflet below with more information.

Prior to starting EP training, my background involved working/supporting learners with PMLD in a specialist post-16 setting. I also currently work as a personal assistant for a gentleman with PMLD, liaising closely with his family during many periods of challenge. I share this to give you a snapshot of ‘me’, and ‘why’ I am conducting research in the area.

If you are a parent/primary caregiver of a child with PMLD who has worked with an educational psychologist at some point, or know of any individuals that might be interested in participating, please send me an email - ( - I can provide further information and answer any questions you may have.

Contacting me does not mean you have to take part, so please feel free to get in touch to ask initial questions. Any support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.