The Director of Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC), Professor Cheryl Dissanayake is interviewed by Dr David Trembath (Research Fellow at OTARC) about the past, present and future of research into Autism Spectrum Disorders.
By Amanda Richdale
Late last year 96 primary caregivers of 101 children aged 2 to 5 years (average age 4 years) participated in an anonymous survey titled ‘Bedding, Diet and Sleep in Children aged 2 to 5 Years’. The survey was funded by Australian Wool Innovation. The following is a summary of the main findings.
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.
What is ‘secure emotional attachment’?
I was sitting at the doctor’s office 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.
By Dr Kristelle Hudry, Senior Research Fellow, OTARC
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”