Understanding and facilitating learning in children with Autism

Dr Giacomo Vivanti talks about his recent research on how children with autism learn and how we can improve the learning outcomes using innovative treatment approaches.

Autism more than any other neurodevelopmental disorder, impacts the ability of individuals to learn the communication skills, the socialisation skills and the daily living skills that are necessary to live an independent life, to find and maintain a job, to have friends and to have a social life.

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Prevention as Intervention

Dr Kristelle Hudry reviews recent research findings that explore the feasibility of initiating therapy with infants at high risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Infographic: Autism & Vaccines

Vaccine Infographic

The movement against vaccinations continues to make news with numerous articles across all media, and public health experts are required to continuously defend vaccinations.

This topic is not a theoretical one…it effects the lives and health of many.

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An Investigation of School Age Outcomes of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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The overall objective of this research is to conduct a thorough cognitive and behavioural assessment of children diagnosed with an ASD after age 3 years. The aim is to ascertain the developmental progress of these children during middle childhood, between the ages of 7-9 years. Each child’s social competencies and his/her adjustment to the school environment will also be investigated. An additional aim of the study will be to investigate whether age of diagnosis produces differential cognitive and behavioural outcomes at 7-9 years. This will be achieved by comparing the developmental outcomes of children diagnosed at 24 months, with those diagnosed after age 3 years.

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Understanding health professional views of adults with ASD


This research is part of Program 3 of the Autism CRC

What is the purpose of this research?

This project is one part of a larger program aimed to empower adults with autism to find a place in society (Autism CRC Program 3). This project is unique in that it aims to take a comprehensive understanding of adults with ASD and their individual experiences with the health care system. It also aims to understand how we can work with health professionals to improve their understanding of the needs of adults with ASD. This information will help to inform the development of online strategies, tools and resources to enhance health promotion and understanding of health care needs for adults with autism.

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Annie-Malory is swimming for OTARC


Annie-Malory is 11 years old. She is participating in the Melbourne Swim Classic 2015 on February 28, at noon on St Kilda Beach.

She says, “OTARC helps my sister, myself and other people with autism have better lives.”

You can support Annie in her swim by visiting Annie-Malory’s supporter’s page and making a donation.

Thank you Annie for nominating OTARC as your charity in this event.

Inside the Lab – Episode 6: Early Autism and Global Knowledge Transfer

Dr Josephine Barbaro is joined by Professor Catherine Lord and Dr Andy Shih during the week of Autism activities, co-ordinated by Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, held at La Trobe University December 2014. The focus of episode 6 is early identification and diagnosis of ASD as well as global knowledge transfer.

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Autism research playlist makes Apple’s best of 2014


Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre’s iTunes U playlist made it to Apple’s “Best of 2014″ list. This is indeed a significant world wide achievement and continues to prove the popularity of evidence based information within the community. The playlist contains episodes of Inside the Lab, interviews and recordings of presentations.

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Ways to interact with children with ASD

Dr Kristlle Hudry from Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre was interviewed about parent-child interactions by Hilary Harper from 774 ABC Melbourne.  Dr Hudry looks at different approaches and what research tells us about these approaches.

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Can you help us during the school holidays?

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OTARC needs the help of children, teenagers and/or adults (with or without ASD) to volunteer for a practice assessment, to allow clinicians on the ADOS-2 course (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) to practice their new skills under supervision.  In thanks for your help, we can provide a short assessment report (if your child has an ASD) and a $20 Coles-Myer gift card.

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