Ms Lauren Hollier is a Post Graduate from the University of Western Australia. She visited our Centre in February 2013.
Thank You and Happy Birthday to Peter
We’d like to highlight Peter Walter’s great idea. He asked for donations to OTARC instead of presents for his birthday. He created a donations page on Everyday Hero and invited his friends to participate. We are happy to say Peter raised well over a thousand dollars (his original goal) for Autism Research at OTARC. Peter’s donors are in our ‘Donations & Grants’ listing. Thanks Peter!
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.