World Autism Awareness Day


Exhibitions #WAAD2017

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

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

Expend – works by Prue Stevenson

Writer’s Block Cafe, Borchardt Library, La Trobe University Bundoora  – Saturday 1 April to Sunday 21 May 2017


Artist’s Talk: Thursday 4 May, 5.30pm, La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo

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Happy Birthday ASDetect!

Our early detection of autism app turns one

App and candle

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.
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Seven Essential Tips for Parents Evaluating Autism Interventions

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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.

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A PhD in 30 seconds?


You might know about the 3-minute thesis competition, that challenges graduate students to present 3-minute summaries of their research. This is usually a very challenging, but rewarding exercise for the students. Even more challenging is presenting a thesis in 30 seconds. But OTARC PhD student and CRC scholar, Ru Cai, was up to the challenge and has entered the Cooperative Research Centre Association’s Early Career Researcher competition. Continue reading

A wedding gift that gives twice

Bride and Groom with Son

Jaclyn and Dean Alburey asked their wedding guests to donate to OTARC research

When Jaclyn Alburey planned her spring wedding this year, she knew that she didn’t want traditional gifts. Instead she encouraged her 50 guests to donate funds for research at OTARC.

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Ask a researcher – Teens in Transition

Woman and younger man at a computer

My son completed high school last year but was only recently been assessed with ASD. He has absolutely no idea what to do next. University does not seem an option. Any suggestions?

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The nature of sleep difficulties in adults with autism

Woman not sleeping

By Emma Baker, PhD Candidate

(Supervisor: Associate Professor Amanda Richdale)

There is an abundance of literature that shows children on the autism spectrum experience a significantly high rate of sleep problems, primarily insomnia symptoms, in comparison to children generally and children with other developmental disorders. However, there is much less research that has assessed sleep problems in adults on the spectrum. Our knowledge of the causes of sleep problems in ASD is also very limited. Therefore, my PhD research aimed to explore the types of sleep problems experienced by adults with autism as well as exploring their potential causes. Thirty-six adults with a diagnosis of ASD and no intellectual impairment (21-44 years) and a comparison group of 54 neurotypical (NT) adults (22 to 43 years) took part in my study. While no-one in the comparison group had a diagnosed mental health problem 15 adults on the spectrum were medicated for a comorbid diagnosis of anxiety/depression. Participants completed various sleep questionnaires, a 14-day sleep-wake diary, 14-day actigraphy assessment (objectively measures sleep) and provided seven saliva samples. Continue reading

Ask a researcher – ABA and wellbeing in adults

Has any research been done regarding wellbeing and self-esteem (preferably self-reported rather than objective) in teens and adults who received ABA or similar?

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