We welcome our new intake officer, Dr Nancy Sadka. She is enthusiastic to be the first point of call for new families seeking assessments for their young children.
The EAC is currently operating on Wednesdays and Thursdays, providing more services to families of young children 12 – 36 months who are referred to the clinic for an early assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are currently booking appointments for the month of June, which means that the wait time for families has significantly decreased in comparison to the wait time of up to 8 months since the clinic first began its operation.
Our clinicians specialise in the early identification of signs for ASD. Our goal is to provide early assessment in the hope that the child with ASD will be able to access early intervention as quickly as possible.
All enquiries may be directed to our new Intake Officer, Dr Nancy Sadka, at email@example.com (email preferred) or 0459 163 171. Please contact us if any health professionals/services require an updated EAC brochure.
By Mr Ed Duncan, Speech and Language Therapist and Senior Coordinator of the Margot Prior Wing
As mentioned previously, The Margot Prior Wing have implemented a new online registration process for our service. Families of young children with autism can register their interest in the service through our website. It is important that families understand that there we have only a restricted capacity to offer a service especially in light of the increasing demand.
There certainly appears to be a growing amount of interest in the ESDM both locally and globally. The MPW ESDM trainers have recently presented a number of workshops on the ESDM including a special trip to India, which is described in this news release below.
The MPW is excited to be able to announce that Dr. Cynthia Zierhut from the MIND Institute at UC Davis, Sacramento will be visiting the MPW in late July 2013. Dr Zierhut is currently the Project Manager for the Parents and Toddlers at Home (PATH) Study at UC Davis. During her visit Dr. Zierhut will hold an ESDM parent support workshop designed for families of young children with ASD. Spaces for this workshop will be limited. We will have more information about the workshop soon but if you are interested in this exciting opportunity please register your interest by emailing Parise at P.Gentikoglou@latrobe.edu.au .
MPW Open Days 2013
Our Open Day will be held on Tuesday 23rd April. On this day we will conduct four structured ‘talk and tour’ sessions that run for approximately 1.5hrs each across the morning and afternoon here at the MPW. The session times are 9 am; 11 am; 1:15 pm and 3:15 pm. Each session concludes with a brief tour of the Margot Prior Wing, highlighted by some time spent in our dedicated Observation Room, which is ideally situated between the two autism-specific playrooms.
Places are allocated on a first-in basis, for further information, or to reserve a place for Open Day 2013, please email Parise Gentikoglou at P.Gentikoglou@latrobe.edu.au stating your name and preferred session.
From La Trobe University’s UNINEWS March 11, 2013
Yes, ASfAR have a new logo, kindly designed by Neville Gray of Gray Design. We hope you like it because we do!
Following the very successful inaugural conference in Sydney, the ASfAR Executive Committee has already agreed on the dates of the next conference, which will be held on Dec 4 – 5th, 2014. So do put these dates in your diaries.
The new Secretary and Treasurer positions are held jointly by Dr Trevor Clark (ably assisted by Sandra Devaraj). Trevor is the Executive Director of Education and Research at Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). Dr Jon Brock has been co-opted to the Executive Committee, and we are currently about to put out a call for nominations for a postgraduate student representative on the Committee.
Membership for 2013 are due for renewal and all members will be contacted soon regarding this. Membership fees support the biennial national research meeting (held in the alternate years to APAC), an ASfAR website, and production and distribution of a half yearly Newsletter, as well as administration of subscriptions, membership etc.
2013 ASfAR Executive Committee
Professor Katrina Williams (Chair)
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake (Cochair)
Dr Trevor Clark (Secretary)
Professor Deb Keen
Associate Professor Andrew Whitehouse
Associate Professor Mark Stokes
Dr Jon Brock
A message from the research team at Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT)
ASPECT is conducting a research project about the experiences, aspirations and support needs of adolescents with Asperger’s Disorder or high functioning autism. They are looking for participants to complete either of two questionnaires, which should take approximately 15 minutes each. The first questionnaire is for adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years old. The second questionnaire is for the parents of these adolescents. Participation is voluntary and confidential and will help provide Aspect with an insight into the lives of adolescents with high functioning autism or Asperger’s. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this research you can find the questionnaires on the ASPECT website.
Later in the year ASPECT are also looking at conducting focus groups, which will include a range of professionals and service providers within Australia who work in some capacity with adolescents with Asperger’s Disorder or high functioning autism. Our aim is to gather some information about the services available for this group of adolescents. They are interested in finding out what works well, and identify gaps that may exist in services, policies, training, funding, data, knowledge and expertise.
If you would like more information about the research project or if you are interested in participating in focus groups, please contact Kerry Ritzrow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking Parents of children diagnosed with ASD within the past 12 months, and aged under 7 years
Nicole Grant is looking for parents of children diagnosed with autism from all over Australia. You can see a summary of the project on Aspect’s site. Inclusion criteria include: Parents of children diagnosed with ASD within the past 12 months, aged under 7 years, and receiving HCWA funding. For more information contact Nicole at Nicole@nicolegrant.net.