Dr Mirko Uljarevic talks about the prevalence of stress and anxiety amongst young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), how parents of children with ASDs cope with stress and anxiety, and what support should be in place. Read more “Stress and anxiety in adolescents with ASD”
The figure and beyond
Writer’s Block Cafe, La Trobe University – April-May 2015
To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre will again be launching its Frame of Mind campaign. At the heart of this campaign is the exhibition, The figure and beyond, 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 become an important means of communication and expression. Read more “Frame of Mind Exhibition 2015”
By Jackie Maya, OTARC 2014 Honours student
Many mothers with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than mothers with typically developing children and those rearing children with other disabilities. But we don’t know which factors contribute to or protect against these negative outcomes. Being from a migrant family, I wondered whether mothers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds would experience more or less stress, anxiety and depression in reaction to having a child with ASD than Australian mothers. Based on other research, we also thought that different coping skills may influence how mothers react. These are the questions I explored for my Honours project with Dr Kristelle Hudry and Dr Josephine Barbaro at OTARC. We were particularly interested in the reactions and coping skills of mothers whose child had recently been diagnosed with ASD.
By OTARC Master of Clinical Psychology candidate, Stephanie Mertins and Associate Professor Amanda Richdale
Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often report more child behavioural, gastrointestinal and sleep problems than do parents of typically developing (TD) children.
Hi, I am running a home based 1:1 program for my 29 year old autistic son. I am especially interested to know if anyone anywhere has attempted to develop or modify ABA for use past early childhood, and if so, has such a program has been evaluated?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD; which now includes former diagnostic labels such as Autistic Disorder and Asperger syndrome) is a life-long neuro-developmental disorder. It first shows itself early in life, emerging across toddlerhood and into the preschool years.
Dr Giacomo Vivanti talks about his recent research on how children with autism learn and how we can improve the learning outcomes using innovative treatment approaches.
Autism more than any other neurodevelopmental disorder, impacts the ability of individuals to learn the communication skills, the socialisation skills and the daily living skills that are necessary to live an independent life, to find and maintain a job, to have friends and to have a social life.
The movement against vaccinations continues to make news with numerous articles across all media, and public health experts are required to continuously defend vaccinations.
This topic is not a theoretical one…it affects the lives and health of many.
Dr Josephine Barbaro is joined by Professor Catherine Lord and Dr Andy Shih during the week of Autism activities, co-ordinated by Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, held at La Trobe University December 2014. The focus of episode 6 is early identification and diagnosis of ASD as well as global knowledge transfer.
Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre’s iTunes U playlist made it to Apple’s “Best of 2014” list. This is indeed a significant world wide achievement and continues to prove the popularity of evidence based information within the community. The playlist contains episodes of Inside the Lab, interviews and recordings of presentations.