Our early detection of autism app turns one
Since its release in February 2016, ASDetect has been downloaded close to 14,000 times across 26 countries, with 7,000 children registered, and 5,000 assessments conducted. Two surveys of users (n = 208) indicated that 60% of parents whose children returned a ‘high-likelihood’ result arranged a follow-up appointment with their doctor, highlighting its immediate impact on families.
Read more “Happy Birthday ASDetect!”
ASDetect identifies the early signs of autism, to help reduce the age at which children with autism are identified. The younger a child is accurately identified the sooner intervention can begin allowing children’s full learning potential to be realized.
OTARC PhD Student & Autism CRC scholar Ru Ying Cai on the kind of strategies adults with autism use to regulate their emotions
A belated Happy New Year to all our readers! This is a particularly special year, as La Trobe University turned 50 (as of 8th March, 2017). The event is being marked by a year-long list of activities, and in the midst of submitting applications for grants, I have been attending some of these – I was at the La Trobe Expo hosted in the Queens Hall, Parliament on Wednesday 8th March, and on Wednesday 15th March, I accompanied Mrs Tennison at the 50th Anniversary Campaign Launch Dinner, held at the Regent Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne.
For more details on La Trobe University’s 50th anniversary: 50years.latrobe/events
2017 is living up to our expectation that it will be a huge year! Our usual centre-based program is well under way, with the NDIS now facilitating services to several of our children. Working with the NDIS has been somewhat challenging, and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to “ease” into the NDIS, as our core program is funded by the Department of Social Services through until the end of 2018. Read more “News from the Margot Prior Wing (ASELCC – Vic) Update – March 2017”
Welcome to the Summer edition of Another Piece!
Our first appointment at OTARC was Dr Elfriede Ihsen, a long-time colleague and developmental psychologist. Soon after she joined us, Lisbeth Wilks, our Administrative Officer, joined as well. Lisbeth has had responsibility, amongst other things, for delivering our quarterly newsletter, Another Piece, to you, our readers and supporters. Together we worked to establish the Centre and successfully launch it in mid-2008. Elfriede and Lisbeth have been the backbone of much of what we do at OTARC. Both will retire this year, and I would like to acknowledge their dedication and generous contributions to OTARC over many years. Read more “Director’s report – Summer 2016”