Barrett, E. (2017) Tied to the worldly work of writing:  Parent as ethnographer. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, pp1-13. DOI 10.1177/17446295177410008

Abstract:  Parent narratives have contributed to ethnographic accounts of the lives of children with autism, but there are fewer examples of parents producing their own autoethnographies. This article explores the affordances of an online blog for enabling a parent of a child with autism to produce a written record of practice which may be considered ‘autoethnographic’. Richardson’s framework for ethnography as Creative Analytic Process (CAP) is applied to extracts from a blog post in order to consider its contribution, reflexivity, aesthetic merit and impact. The article addresses the methodological and ethical implications of reconceptualizing parents as researchers and the potential contribution of new writing platforms to the development of auto/ethnography.

Barrett, E. (2016) An Ethnographic Approach to Autism:  Learning through Writing. In Milton, D. and Martin, N. (eds) Autism and Intellectual Disability in Adults Vol. 1.  London:  Pavilion

In this article I explore the ways in which my work as a poet has supported the development of my care-giving skills in terms of parenting a child with autism. I reflect on my use of ‘writerly’ practices  in order to build an understanding of my son and suggest ways in which parents and professionals could draw on creative writing in order to support their personal and professional development.

Barrett, E. (2016) Transitioning to Adulthood:  Interview. Network Autism (28 July, 2016)

This is an interview I did for Network Autism, reflecting on my experience of supporting Dylan through transition from school to adult services.

Barrett, E. (2016)  I feel your pain. Your Autism Magazine, Vol 50, No. 2, Summer 2016. NAS. pp 21-23

This is an article reflecting on some of the stereotypes around autism and empathy.