Autism-specific Early Learning Centre Event

If you’re a parent or an early childhood professional interested in our ‘Talk and Tour’, please see details in this PDF ASELLC Open Day Flyer May.

Please note: the 11.15 session is fully booked.

For questions or to register, please email, stating your name, preferred session to attend, organisation and position (if relevant), or telephone the Children’s Community Centre on 9479 2122.

#WAAD2017 Expend art exhibition: Artist’s Talk Audio & Video


If you missed Prue’s talk at La Trobe Art Institute, Thursday 4 May 2017, the video below shows her performing ‘Expend’ the feature piece in her exhibition at Writer’s Block, Borchardt Library, during May; or you can view her talk slides or listen to a recording of the talk.



(40+ minutes)


Download the Powerpoint slides from Prue’s talk

(note: 7.5mB file)


Prue Stevenson, ‘Expend’, Acrylic on Wall (Mural), 240cm x 180cm, ©2014 Acknowledgement: Prue gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by the <a href=

Prue Stevenson, ‘Expend’, Acrylic on Wall (Mural),
240cm x 180cm, ©2014

Acknowledgement: Prue gratefully acknowledges
the financial support of this exhibition
provided by the Autism CRC

Join fine artist, singer, autism advocate – and 3rd Dan Taekwondo Black Belt – Prue Stevenson, in a special free talk at the La Trobe Art Institute (LAI), along with Alex Aulich from OTARC.

Grandparents’ Morning at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre

Are you the grandparent of a child or young person with Autism?

This invitation is especially for you.


We acknowledge the contribution of Grandparents, when one or more children with Autism are part of the family.

If you would like to know more about Autism, and the research undertaken at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, we invite you to attend a FREE event. You will hear from our researchers and be able to ask questions.

  • Friday 9th September
  • 9.30pm Morning tea, for 10am – 12pm Meeting
  • The Chamber, John Scott Meeting House, La Trobe University, Bundoora
  • RSVP: 7th September, 2016

To register online click here.

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OTARC Research Focus 2016


Free autism research focus event – Friday 9th September

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre is hosting a free research focus event to thank our valued participants who support our research activities. The forum will take place at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora.

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ESDM Advanced Workshop – August 2016


When: Wed 24th August to Fri 26th August 2016

Cost: $1500 + GST per participant

Graduates of the Introductory Workshop will learn how to implement therapy using the Early Start Denver Model. Teams of 3-5 professionals will work together to receive direct practice in using the ESDM with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Coaching and feedback will be provided on how to generate and embed a developmentally-appropriate teaching curriculum into naturalistic routines for young children with ASD.

Topics include how to:

  • Use the ESDM curriculum checklist to evaluate a child’s skill level across developmental domains
  • Build quarterly objectives and teaching steps
  • Teach developmental objectives embedded inside naturalistic routines and play
  • Take data on child progress
  • Self-evaluation techniques for your use of intervention strategies.

Following completion of the ESDM Advanced Workshop, trainees will be eligible to apply to complete the certification process to become a certified ESDM therapist (additional fees apply.)

This workshop is available to professionals who:

  • Work regularly with 12-48 month aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team (e.g. general/special education teacher, developmental/clinical psychologist, SLP, OT, behaviour analyst)
  • Have read the ESDM Manual and can bring their own copy to the workshops.

Please email to register your interest for this workshop.

Getting to the Grandparents’ morning on 9 September 2016

There are many ways to get to the Grandparents’ morning at La Trobe University, Bundoora.

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Getting to the Autism Research Focus Afternoon on 9th September 2016

There are various ways to get to the Autism Research Focus Afternoon at La Trobe University.

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Frame of Mind 2016


Paper Projects

Writer’s Block Cafe, La Trobe University  – April-May 2016

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre will again launch its Frame of Mind campaign.  At the heart of this campaign is the exhibition, Paper Projects, supported by LUMA (La Trobe University Museum of Art).  In light of social and communication difficulties that can come with living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, drawing and art-making can be an important means of communication and expression. Continue reading