There have been no systematic studies on the prevalence of Autism in Australia. Accurate prevalence data allows for planning necessary services and supports, and also helps to build community understanding for Autistic Australians. We know that Autistic individuals make up approximately 30% of people accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), however without accurate prevalence data, it is difficult to know what proportion of Autistic individuals are receiving funding.
In this blog post, we’ll delve into some of our research that aims to understand the prevalence of Autism in Australia. OTARC researchers have conducted four studies that have created a clearer picture of the situation and highlighted areas where more attention and support may be needed.Read more “Autism prevalence in Australia: What we know so far”
- What does the term ‘resilience’ mean to autistic adults?
- What are factors that have helped or hindered experiences of resilience?
- How can we better support autistic adults experiencing stress and challenges?
Through hearing the perspectives and lived experiences of autistic adults, we hope to have a better understanding of resilience in the context of autistic adults and how to better support the autistic community.Read more “Resilience Experiences and Perspectives in Autistic Adults”
Coping Strategies, Resilience and Mental Health Outcomes in Autistic Adults
There is consensus surrounding the poor mental health outcomes experienced by many in the Autistic adult population. While the non-autistic literature suggests that high stress represents a key contributor to poor mental health and well-being, individual resources such as coping and resilience have the potential to mitigate the negative effects of stress, accounting for individual differences across mental health outcomes. Despite emerging research showing high stress in Autistic adults, investigations of coping and resilience in this population remain limited.Read more “Facing Stress: Coping Strategies, Resilience and Mental Health Outcomes in Autistic Adult”
We want to know the ways people feel they are, and can be best supported as assets to organisations.
If you are aged 18 years or over, have been or are in the workforce, and especially if you identify as being on the autism-spectrum, we would like to hear from you!
Everyone is welcome to complete the 30-minute survey to help inform policies and practices to enhance workplace inclusion of everyone.
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What do Australian Autistic adults experience when they see a neurodiversity affirming psychologist?
If you live in Australia, are 18+, have either been diagnosed or identify as Autistic, and have had at least 1 appointment with a neurodiversity affirming psychologist in the past 2 years, we are keen to hear from you!
La Trobe University researchers invite you to complete a 45-minute online survey.
Please visit https://redcap.link/22azu39d for more details.
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Many autistic people and ADHD-ers report using “masking” and “camouflaging” in their lives. This is where people conceal certain traits and replace them with neurotypical ones to avoid being recognised as neurominorities.Read more “What are ‘masking’ and ‘camouflaging’ in the context of autism and ADHD?”
Cheryl Dissanayake is a professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the Olga Tennison Endowed Chair in Autism Research at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Center. She has been researching autism since 1984. Spectrum spoke with her about her path to autism science, the history of the field in Australia, and the importance of Melbourne hosting the 2024 INSAR annual conference, which Dissanayake will chair. In this conversation, Dissanayake mentions Margot Prior, Bruce Tonge, Lawrence Bartak, Ross Day, Stella Crosley, Marian Sigman, Beryl McKenzie and Olga Tennison — all notable names from Australia’s autism research community.Read more “The story of Autism research in Australia: A conversation with Cheryl Dissanayake”
With better awareness and acceptance, approximately one out of every 50 children is receiving an autism diagnosis. More and more families are deciding when to share this information with their child. Some parents worry that doing so will “label” their child, or make others treat them differently.Read more “How to talk to your child about their autism diagnosis – the earlier the better”
Seeking health and childcare workers perspectives
Research at La Trobe University by Asmita Mudholkar has revealed that picky eating in children emerges early in life and can be associated with developmental concerns. We do not yet understand, however, how health and childcare practitioners working with young children and their families decide when picky eating is ‘too picky’ requiring specialised follow up. Please join us in a short focus group discussion with other health practitioners to discuss this issue and contribute to better understanding of early feeding difficulties to guide practice.Read more “Research Opportunity: When is picky too picky in toddler eating?”