New autism intervention model arrives

New autism intervention model arrives

02 Feb 2009

New model for early autism intervention comes to Australia  

Autistic child playing with puzzle
Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to achieving the best possible outcome for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the earlier the better says leading autism researcher, La Trobe University Associate Professor Cheryl Dissanayake.

For this reason the La Trobe University Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) is bringing to Australia in February a new intervention model for ASD, which can help infants as young as 12 months.

Called the Early Start Denver Model it has been developed by renowned early intervention expert Professor Sally Rogers, from the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, the M.I.N.D Institute, at the University of California, Davis.

Dr Dissanayake, Director of OTARC, says that until recently, children with ASD were rarely diagnosed before three years of age.  Research at La Trobe University has been instrumental in helping identify infants with ASD as early as 12 months.

The prospect of these children achieving their full potential and integrating into our community is even greater with the Early Start Denver Model of early intervention.

Professor Sally Rogers will be in Melbourne to introduce the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) at a forum on 24 February 2009 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank.

Professor Rogers will also conduct a two-day intensive training workshop for three early intervention teams selected from Victoria, NSW and WA, on 26-27 February, to deliver the Early Start Denver Model and train others in ESDM. 

Professor Rogers visit has been organised by the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University as part of its mission to raise awareness of ASD, to promote ASD research and evidence based interventions to help individuals with an ASD and their families.

Professor Rogers will be assisted by two colleagues from the M.I.N.D at UC Davis, Dr Cynthia Zierhut and Dr Laurie Vismara.

For comment about this event or to arrange interviews with Professor Rogers, please contact the Director of the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, Associate Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, tel: 9479 1162

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