Early Intervention in Child Care

Watch this overview of the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC).  The Victorian ASELCC at La Trobe University is committed to addressing the needs of families of children with autism. At the same time, we are dedicated to follow up-to-date and evidence-based science in the treatment of autism, as well as undertake rigorous research into its effectiveness. . The early intervention program being researched and implemented is the Early Start Denver Model.

Learning & Teaching in Autism

Given that most of the intervention approaches for ASD especially are educational, Dr Giacomo Vivanti outlines why it is critical to undertake research into Learning and Teaching.

Parents don’t cause autism, but they do make a difference


By Kristelle Hudry, La Trobe University

Since the condition was first recognised in the 1940s, parents have been and felt blamed for their children’s autism. Today, most people no longer believe this, but a lingering doubt continues to niggle many parents.

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New Directions in Eye Tracking Technology and ASD


Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre together with Wales Autism Research Centre, invites you to a public forum focusing on recent findings using eye tracking technology. Eye gaze technology is increasingly used in autism research to measure attention and emotional reactivity. The forum will consist of presentations, demonstrations and a discussion about what eye tracking technology can offer, not only for research but for assessment and intervention practice.

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Understanding Key Factors for Successful Employment

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My name is Melissa Scott, from Curtin University. I work in a research team that is trying to understand what key factors make employment successful for adults with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.  In the long term these key factors for successful employment will help us to develop to a tool that will assist employers in adapting the workplace to best assist you in your job.

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Menzies Foundation Symposium on Shaping Futures

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The Menzies Foundation Symposium: Shaping Futures will focus on recent advances in research and practice covering early detection, diagnosis, learning, and early intervention, for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Brought to you by Menzies Foundation together with Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) at La Trobe University, Shaping Futures will showcase renowned local and  international researchers.

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Raising a child with ASD

Rebecca McStay outlines her Doctoral thesis which explores the roles of child age on maternal outcomes, as well as understanding the potential predictors of stress and family quality of life in mothers and fathers.

Dr Heather Nuske is awarded a Victoria Fellowship (VESKI) in Life Sciences in the 2014 Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation

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The 2014 Victoria Fellowships recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of Victoria’s leading scientists and researchers in the fields of physical sciences and life sciences. The recipients work in the forefront of the new technologies, products and services that enhance our way of life and create new high value jobs and prosperity for our communities.

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Wellbeing of Toddler-aged Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

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By Katherine (Kat) Crea, Psychologist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology Candidate

During my previous employment at the Australian Psychological Society on the early childhood mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention initiative, KidsMatter Early Childhood, I developed a keen interest in the well-being of children under school age. I discovered that even during toddlerhood, some children begin to show signs of emotional and behavioral difficulties, including “acting out” difficulties such as aggression, and “holding in” difficulties such as excessive worry and anxiety. Whilst some children “grow out of” these difficulties, around 1 in 2 children do not seem to improve without intervention, and continue to show signs of difficulties when followed up in later years.

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Introducing Dr Mirko Uljarevic

Dr Mirko Uljarevic

Dr Mirko Uljarevic

I recently joined the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre as a CRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work with Associate Professor Amanda Richdale on a project that aims to identify and describe the comprehensive and unique profiles of Australian school leavers with ASD. This project also aims to investigate well-being of parents of school leavers with ASD.

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