Focus on families


OTARC researchThere have been many studies to suggest that a child with a disability in general, and autism in particular, often poses increased distress and burden for the family. However, more recent evidence suggests that families also grow in positive ways as a result of the experience of caring for a child with a disability. There is still a lot of uncertainty about which factors contribute to which family experience and outcome. Knowledge about these factors is crucial for the development of programs to support families in their efforts to care for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Current studies

  1. Development and evaluation of a Family Support Program for newly diagnosed children with an ASD.
    Stacey Rabba, Cheryl Dissanayake & Josephine Barbaro
    Funding: Autism CRC