When a newborn joins a family we become beguiled by the perfection of this wondrous new being. Any hint of difference is easily overlooked during the early years.
CRC for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders
OTARC is one of 12 core partners in a new ‘Cooperative Research Centres for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders‘ for which Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced government funding of $31 million in February. Together with contributions from universities, including La Trobe, not-for-profit participants, and industry partners, there will be a total of about $104 million available over 8 years for research on ASDs aimed at improving the lives of people with an ASD and their families.
What is ‘secure emotional attachment’?
I was sitting at the doctor’s office waiting for my appointment when a mother walked in with her three year old girl. She had curly hair, rosy cheeks, and wore a fluffy pink dress with white laces. She caught my eye as she was moving away from her mum towards the toy box.
What do newborn babies, children who have been severely deprived of human contact, people with autism, and blind mothers have in common? On the surface, not much. But they provide a common theme for understanding how social and communication skills develop in early life.
By Dr Kristelle Hudry
During 2012, the ADOS-2 – a much anticipated revision to the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – was formally published and became available for international use. The earlier version, the ADOS-G (Generic), published in the year 2000, was considered to be the gold-standard observational assessment for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
By Wojciech Nadachowski, Operations & Special Projects Advisor
OTARC continued its public dissemination of information about the upcoming changes to the DSM-5, hosting a webinar Wednesday 13th February. Thank you to everyone who attended. This was the first time we have hosted a webinar and, despite some minor technical glitches, we were pleased to receive mostly positive responses from attendees. We expect to host other OTARC webinars in future, so please check the Events page on our website. Read more “DSM-5 Webinar Report”
BA13 (BioAutism 2013) was the 3rd Annual BioAutism Conference was a highly stimulating conference, presenting the latest scientific research progress, relevant to the understanding of the biological basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Dr Kristelle Hudry ran a training course on the ADOS-2 for 11 trainees, including researchers, psychologists, and paediatricians. Many thanks to the volunteer children and their parents, who attended during their school holidays, allowing the trainees to conduct practice assessments.
Dr Giacomo Vivanti and Ms Kristy Capes presenting on “Implementation of the Early Start Denver Model in a group environment”, Bulleen Heights School.
Rebecca Kam and Dr Kristelle Hudry spoke to the Chinese Parents’ Special Net at Box Hill. This is a support group for parents of children with disability including ASD, and is part of the Chinese Community Social Services Centre. They talked about OTARC and specifically about their current project on Bilingualism and ASD (study code KH2).
Dr Giacomo Vivanti (by invitation from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs – FACHSIA) gave a presentation on DSM-5 to the Autism Advisor Forum, in Adelaide.
Redefining the Spectrum – Proposed changes to the diagnosis of autism and Asperger’s are unsettling by Sean Parnell (The Australian). This article was about the DSM-5 forum OTARC held in 2012 and the response by the public to this event, with quotes from OTARC’s Professor Cheryl Dissanayake.
Children with autism have higher levels of toxic chemicals in their blood – a study by Kimberly Gillan (ninemsn.com.au). Professor Dissanayake was interviewed for this article.