Watch this overview of the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC). The Victorian ASELCC at La Trobe University is committed to addressing the needs of families of children with autism. At the same time, we are dedicated to follow up-to-date and evidence-based science in the treatment of autism, as well as undertake rigorous research into its effectiveness. . The early intervention program being researched and implemented is the Early Start Denver Model.
Given that most of the intervention approaches for ASD especially are educational, Dr Giacomo Vivanti outlines why it is critical to undertake research into Learning and Teaching.
By Kristelle Hudry, La Trobe University
Since the condition was first recognised in the 1940s, parents have been and felt blamed for their children’s autism. Today, most people no longer believe this, but a lingering doubt continues to niggle many parents.
July 16 – December
Associate Professor Lesley Stirling from University of Melbourne is currently spending her study leave at OTARC.
Dr Giacomo Vivanti & Professor Cheryl Dissanayake
Research underway for many years at La Trobe University has been supporting the very early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders in infancy and toddlerhood with the view of promoting optimal development by access to early intervention. Recent research by Sally Rogers and her colleagues of the MIND Institute, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders this week describes the first controlled study documenting outcomes of infants with signs of autism who received treatment in their first year of life, well before the age at which autism is usually diagnosed.
13 February 2014
Associate Professor Amanda Richdale and Ms Ru Cai ran a workshop on students with ASD at Menzies College for the La Trobe University Residential Assistants.
OTARC researchers have a number of topics they can speak to large groups about.
Hi, my name is Dr Darren Hocking and I am a new Research Fellow in OTARC. I have recently moved from Monash University where I spent the past 9 years as a PhD student and postdoctoral research fellow. I feel very privileged to have joined the team at OTARC where I believe we can make a significant difference in improving the lives of individuals and families with autism spectrum disorders. My previous research at Monash was concerned with early motor abilities and the impact of delayed motor development on later cognitive and learning outcomes in childhood genetic conditions.
Report by Dr Kristelle Hudry
August 2013 saw the beginning of a very exciting new development. Drawing on the expertise of OTARC researchers, PSY3ASD: Understanding and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders was launched through La Trobe University’s School of Psychological Science. This is the first, undergraduate semester-long subject dedicated to ASD in Australia. The vision of Prof. Cheryl Dissanayake, PSY3ASD was developed and coordinated by Dr Kristelle Hudry. Lectures were taught by various members of our team of OTARC researchers and staff – Dr Josephine Barbaro, Dr Giacomo Vivanti, Dr Cherie Green, Associate Professor Amanda Richdale, and Dr Nancy Sadka, as well as Professor Dissanayake and Dr Hudry – with support from other La Trobe staff and postgraduate students with interest and expertise in ASDs. Lectures were delivered to 340 students. These originated from La Trobe’s Bundoora campus in Melbourne, with video-conferencing to students at La Trobe’s Bendigo and Albury-Wodonga campuses. Fortnightly tutorials were facilitated by OTARC postgraduate students Lisa Rumney and Heather Nuske in Melbourne, by Tim Godber in Bendigo, and by Dr Sharon Hanna in Albury-Wodonga. Students from various disciplines, including Psychological Science, Occupational Therapy, Health Science, Law and education, were enrolled in this new subject.
The Research and Development Committee, Chaired by Professor Rob van Barneveld, and of which Professor Dissanayake is a member, met on 10-11 October at the Long Pockets CRC Head Quarters in Brisbane. The Commissioned Projects, including two from LTU, were all approved, and have also been signed off on at the Board Meeting on November 13. The majority of the income to La Trobe University (OTARC ) from the CRC is allocated to new project staff and student positions commencing January 2014. The projects for which we are funded will be undertaken across the four states represented in the CRC (QLD, VIC, NSW, WA).