Welcome to the Winter Edition of Another Piece!
We have farewelled a key staff member at OTARC, our Senior Advisor of Operations and Projects, Mr Wojciech Nadachowski. Wojciech left in late March to begin working at the Autism CRC as Chief Operations Officer. I would like to acknowledge the energy and expertise Woj brought to his role at OTARC, and all he has generously done for us over the last four years. His contributions will continue to keep us in good stead!
Dr Kristelle Hudry visited the University of Western Australia to conduct ADOS training as part of the Autism CRC Graduate Certification in Autism Diagnosis.
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
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.
Early learning centre wins federal funding
The federal Department of Social Services has allocated additional research funding over the next 2 ½ years to La Trobe University’s Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC), enabling the child care centre to build on its outstanding research program and successes to date.
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 Autismtraining@latrobe.edu.au to register your interest for this workshop.
Helping Those with Autism Thrive
Our new brand campaign ‘What We’re Working On’ showcasing La Trobe’s ground-breaking research was launched this week. It features four key research stories, one per month from June through to early October, alongside many other research stories on our new research content hub www.latrobe.edu.au/our-work and brings together the immense breadth of research here at La Trobe.
Our first feature story ‘Helping Those With Autism Thrive’ promotes La Trobe’s research into the early detection of autism resulting in greater outcomes for many autistic children.
Watch the campaign’s first video telling the story of a breakthrough moment for 11yr old Heidi, who was diagnosed with autism through OTARC when she was 2 years old.
Also featured on the research hub as part of the first feature story is a documentary style video with insights from OTARC’S Director, Professor Cheryl Dissanayake and Research Fellow, Dr. Josephine Barbaro.