Inside the Lab #01:
Separating Autism and Intellectual Disability
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, Director of OTARC, Dr Cynthia Zierhut from the MIND Institute, University of California, and Dr Giacomo Vivanti, Research Fellow at the Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) at La Trobe, talk about recent developments in Autism practice and research. Discussions revolve around the early intervention program implemented at ASELCC, the Early Start Denver Model, and associated research projects, which focus on how children with autism learn. One of the outcomes of this research shows that Intellectual Disability, so often diagnosed as a co-morbid condition in people with autism, may be a result of the social learning difficulties associated with severe autism, rather than being a separate disability. Finding out more about how children with autism learn, and what strategies should be adopted to teach them, may result in better intellectual outcomes for these children.
Inside the Lab #02:
Stakeholder driven research
Dr Kristelle Hudry, Lecturer in Psychology and Researchers at OTARC, Mrs Amanda Golding, a parent of a son with autism and a service professional, and Professor Ann Le Couteur, Newcastle University, UK, are starting their discussion with new developments in the diagnostic tools for autism and training for the use of these tools. The discussion then moves to practices in the UK for involving stakeholders (autism professionals, parents of children with autism and adults with autism) to drive policy and research development, and the Australian Autism CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) with user-driven input.
Inside the Lab #03:
Autism in China
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, Director of OTARC, Dr Josephine Barbaro, Research Fellow at OTARC, and Associate Professor Chongying Wang, Nakai University, Tianjin, China, discuss Autism diagnosis and intervention in China, as well as the implementation of early identification practices using Social Attention and Communication Surveillance (SACS) developed by Dr Barbaro at OTARC.
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Research into early interventions
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Focus on adults
Inside the Lab #06:
Early Autism and Global Knowledge Transfer
Dr Josephine Barbaro (Research Fellow at OTARC) is joined by Professor Catherine Lord (Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Columbia University) and Dr Andy Shih (Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Autism Speaks) to discuss issues related to early identification and diagnosis of ASD, and global knowledge and resources transfer as part of Autism Speaks' Global Autism Public Health Initiative. This vodcast is also available as podcast on iTunes.
Inside the Lab #07:
Specialisterne employment model in Australia
Professor Cheryl Dissanayake (Director of OTARC), Thorkil Sonne (CEO of Specialisterne Foundation in Denmark) and Michael Fieldhouse (Accounts Executive, Hewlett Packard) discuss the Specialisterne employment model for adults with autism and its implementation in Australia. Hewlett Packard and the Federal Department of Human Services are collaborating with Specialisterne in the 'Dandelion Project' which is aimed at training and placing adults in software testing jobs. OTARC is studying the impact this has on the lives of adults with autism.
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, which was organised by the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre’s as part of its autism awareness campaign during the World Autism Awareness month. Following the exhibition, Ray’s work was chosen to feature as a mural at La Trobe University. High quality photographic reproductions of his paintings are seen here being installed over two levels in the David Myers East stairwell, on the Bundoora campus. Here he speaks about what his work represents and his appreciation of having the work displayed at the University.
Frame of Mind: Ray David|