Audio and video resources
We produce videos and podcasts about our research talking with our researchers and those with lived experience of autism.
Our seminar series videos are hosted on Vimeo which offers auto-generated captions.
Autistics in the Academy
Watch Professor Sandra Jones present a first of its kind study. Sandra collected detailed reflections from autistic people working in academia on their thoughts, experiences, triumphs and challenges. Sandra is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Impact) at the Australian Catholic University.
Early detection for better outcomes
Watch Dr Beth Mozolic-Staunton present her research on the use of the SACS-R by early childhood education professionals. Beth is an Associate Professor in the Master of Occupational Therapy program at Bond University.
Healthy Mothers Healthy Families (HMHF)
HMHF is an online program that aims to empower women who have extra family care duties. Watch Dr Helen Bourke-Taylor, present the results of research into the program outcomes. Helen is an Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor, Monash University.
The We Care program aims to improve confidence, competence, and family quality of life. Watch Dr Anoo Bhopti present:
- the early findings from the project
- a sneak peak at the evidence based resources developed.
Anoo is a Senior lecturer (Monash University) & Occupational Therapist.
A Model for telehealth autism assessments
Many autistic people face barriers to reaching services in a clinic. Watch Dr Elizabeth Kryszak offer a model for providing autism assessment services by telehealth. Elizabeth is a Psychologist with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Child Development Center (CDC) and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University.
An update on the key themes identified and progress of Autism Connect
Autism Connect is a free national autism advice service that has received more than 20,000 individual interactions with the community.
Watch David Tonge, Executive Manager of Autism Connect & Resources at Amaze, talk about what they have learned so far.
Autism@Work Employment Programs and Meaningful Work for Autistic Individuals
Watch Dr Jennifer Spoor talk about the ethical tensions that might arise in autism at work programs,. For example, do these programs provide autistic people with meaningful work. Jennifer is an Associate Professor in Management/HRM at La Trobe University.
Environmental factors impacting on the participation of children on the autism spectrum
Watch Dr Kate Simpson talk about findings from research on environmental aids and barriers to participation in children on the autism spectrum. Kate is a Senior Lecturer in Education with the Autism Centre of Excellence at Griffith University.
Bold Thinking Series: Autism: Disability or Ability?
Introducing research into autism
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake talks about OTARC's research programs and describes our key connections within Australia and globally.
Interview with Professor Margot Prior
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake talks to Margot about their career as an autism researcher.
Interview with Professor Dissanayake
Dr David Trembath talks to Cheryl about their career as an autism researcher and the past, present and future of autism research.
Behavioural and cognitive development and differences
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake talks about issues relevant to differences and similarities in behavioural and cognitive development of autistic children compared to non autistic children.
N1: Practice is research
Dr David Trembath talks about the N1 research project. The project was designed to teach clinicians how to evaluate client outcomes using Single Case Experimental Designs (also known as N1 designs).
The ‘Inside the Lab’ series was filmed in 2013. Since then, language in autism research has evolved based on feedback from the autistic community. All new OTARC research and media content follows our Statement on Language.
Separating autism and intellectual disability
Learn about the early supports program implemented at ASELCC, the Early Start Denver Model, and related research projects, which focus on how autistic children learn.
Stakeholder driven research
Learn about changes in the diagnostic tools for autism and training for the use of these tools. Presenters also discuss practices in the UK for involving stakeholders (autism professionals, parents of autistic children and autistic adults) and how these drive policy and research development.
Autism in China
OTARC researchers and their Chinese partners discuss autism diagnosis and supports in China including the use of the Social Attention and Communication Surveillance (SACS).
Research into early interventions
A discussion of the growth and trends of research into early autism supports.
Focus on adults
A talk about autistic adult research and why there seems to be a lack of research in the adult space in the past.
Early Autism and Global Knowledge Transfer
A discussion of issues related to early identification and autism diagnosis, and global knowledge and resources transfer as part of Autism Speaks' Global Autism Public Health Initiative.
Specialisterne employment model in Australia
A discussion of the Specialisterne employment model for autistic adults and its use in Australia.
Frame of Mind: Ray David
Frame of Mind, an exhibition showcasing the work of Melbourne artist Ray David, is an autism awareness campaign that invites you to engage with art.
Ray David's Mural at La Trobe University
Dr Ray David was the first artist selected to exhibit in Frame of Mind exhibition in 2014. Ray speaks about what his work represents and his appreciation of having the work displayed at the University.
Identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders
Watch how the early detection of autism program at OTARC has had a profound effect on the life of Jaidyn and his family.
Transforming the early detection of autism
Mapping autism diagnoses in Australia
Understanding the DSM-5
ASDetect is a free mobile app based on the Social Attention and Communication Surveillance (SACS) method. The app guides parents through age-appropriate assessments of social communication milestones using videos of autistic and non-autistic children. Parents receive:
- an on-screen result of either 'low' or 'high' likelihood of autism
- a comprehensive formal assessment results email, which they can take to their family Doctor.
The benefits of ASDetect
ASDetect: Early detection app for Apple and Android
The technology behind ASDetect
Learning & Teaching
A talk explaining why it’s critical to undertake research into Learning and Teaching.
Understanding and facilitating learning in autistic children
A talk about research on how autistic children learn and how we can improve the learning outcomes using innovative support approaches.
Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre
The Centre is committed to addressing the needs of families of autistic children at the Margot Prior Wing (MPW). The early supports program being researched at the Centre is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
Focus on families
Why is Focus on Families important to OTARC?
Raising an autistic child: an exploration of family adaptation
A talk about the potential predictors of stress and family quality of life in parents/carers.
Wellbeing in toddler aged siblings of autistic children
Emotional Reactions of autistic children
A talk about the widespread belief that autistic people are "emotionally detached" from others to see if this view can still be maintained.
Language and communication
A talk about some of the difficulties experienced in language and communication.
Supports across the lifespan for autistic people
A talk about the types of research at OTARC that relate to supports across the lifespan.
Longitudinal study for Australian School Leavers with Autism (SASLA)
A description of the SASLA study which aims to find out about the lives of autistic young people (15-25 years).
The Dandelion Project: Employing autistic adults
A talk about the 'Dandelion Project', a study that looked at factors related with successful transition to work for autistic adults.
Prevention as intervention with Dr Kristelle Hudry
Early intervention in Child Care with Dr Giacomo Vivanti
"Cracking autism’s sleep conundrum" on the Spectrum News podcast
"Why some autistic children find it hard to sleep" on Feed Play Love
"Sleep and Autism" with the host of a different brilliant (Aspect)
"Sleep in Autism Spectrum Disorder" on SCN2A Australia
"Sleep: it’s what’s important for autism" on the ABC
"Sleep: it’s what’s important for autism" on ASF Weekly Science Podcast (USA)
Other OTARC Resources
We develop and evaluate innovative approaches that enrich the lives of autistic people.