Taking the OTARC Method of Early Detection of ASD to the World

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Standing: Dr Josephine Barbaro, Rob Newell, Wojciech Nadachowski   Seated: Matt Campbell-Burns, Mike Burnside, Dan Bognar

Can ASD be identified using a mobile app?

By Wojciech Nadachowski

The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) are taking advantage of the wide-spread use of apps on smartphones and tablets to disseminate its method of early identification of ASD in young children to the world.

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Introducing Dr Darren Hedley

Dr Darren Hedley

Dr Darren Hedley

Dr Hedley is our newest Research Fellow at OTARC. He joined our staff as the second Darren in our team, so we have nicknamed him ‘D2’. His research will be on the transition to employment of adults with an ASD, focusing on social impact of the transitional process and the factors related to a successful transition.

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Well-Being in Mothers after their Child’s Recent ASD Diagnosis

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By Jackie Maya, OTARC 2014 Honours student

Many mothers with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than mothers with typically developing children and those rearing children with other disabilities. But we don’t know which factors contribute to or protect against these negative outcomes. Being from a migrant family, I wondered whether mothers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds would experience more or less stress, anxiety and depression in reaction to having a child with ASD than Australian mothers. Based on other research, we also thought that different coping skills may influence how mothers react.  These are the questions I explored for my Honours project with Dr Kristelle Hudry and Dr Josephine Barbaro at OTARC. We were particularly interested in the reactions and coping skills of mothers whose child had recently been diagnosed with ASD.

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Investigating Behavioural, Gastrointestinal, Sleep and Diet

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In Typically Developing Children and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia, the United States and Bangladesh

By OTARC Master of Clinical Psychology candidate, Stephanie Mertins and Associate Professor Amanda Richdale

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often report more child behavioural, gastrointestinal and sleep problems than do parents of typically developing (TD) children.

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Ask an Autism Researcher – Home-based programs for adults

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By Dr Mirko Uljarevic, OTARC – CRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Question:

Hi, I am running a home based 1:1 program for my 29 year old autistic son and hoping to combine this with a couple of carefully chosen group programs in the near future. We want to keep giving him more enriching activities than he has had in the past ten years in day services and I am especially interested to know if anyone anywhere (in the world!) has attempted to develop or modify ABA for use past early childhood, and if so, if such a program has been evaluated?

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Director’s Report – March 2015

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Cheryl Dissanayake, PhD, MAPS Director, Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to another year of Another Piece! We got off to a flying start at OTARC with new students, new grants and, of course, new research projects.

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Celebrating Achievements – March 2015

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Congratulations to three OTARC postgraduate students who have recently successfully completed their Doctor of Clinical Psychology.

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Visitors to our Centre – January to March 2015

Feb 12, 2015

  • Associate Professor Mitch Byrne, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong
  • Professor Marc de Rosnay, Early Start, University of Wollongong
Associate Professor Mitch Byrne, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong and Professor Marc de Rosnay, Early Start, University of Wollongong, pictured here with Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

Associate Professor Mitch Byrne and Professor Marc de Rosnay, pictured here with Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

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OTARC Folk Out & About

From Dr Yuan Gao in China

Dr Yuan Gao, OTARC Adjunct, gave a workshop in Inner Mongolia in mid January.

Dr Yuan Gao, OTARC Adjunct, gave a workshop in Inner Mongolia in mid January.

In late January, Dr Gao gave a presentation in Beijing about the ASfAR Conference at La Trobe University in December 2014. Some leaders of the China Mental Disability Association (including Ms Wen Hong, President of the China Disabled Person’s Federation) and parents who have a child with ASD attended. The talk triggered a warm discussion among the participants.

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News from the Margot Prior Wing – the Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (Vic) – March 2015

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From Ed Duncan
Speech and Language Therapist and Senior Coordinator of the Margot Prior Wing

In 2015, La Trobe University’s Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) is continuing to focus on enhancing its capacity to provide evidenced-based intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research continues to provide the foundation for the program and this year we are providing the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) to young children with ASD in our mainstream All Day Care Service. We will compare the learning outcomes of these children to children with autism who are receiving the ESDM within autism-specific playrooms.

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