Intervention for children with autism and their families

External Resources

Choosing interventions for autism

This Raising Children Network article details factors to consider in choosing interventions for your child

https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/therapies-services/therapies-interventions/choosing-interventions-for-asd

Early intervention options

Autism Awareness Australia outlines the types of interventions available and provides brief reviews of the main evidence-based kinds

https://www.autismawareness.com.au/therapies/early-intervention/

There 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 autism.

A number of studies focus on early intervention for pre-school children with autism and building supports for their families. We want to establish whether children receiving their Group Early Start Denver Model (G-ESDM) intervention while integrated within a mainstream childcare setting make more or less gains than children receiving the ESDM in a childcare setting including other children with autism. Examining different models of early intervention (EI) delivery also allows us to match children to specific EI programs. Moreover, understanding families’ experience of autism provides important information regarding how best to support them.

Current studies

  1. Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention for Autism: Understanding ‘What Works for Whom?’
    Researchers:
    Cathy Bent, Cheryl Dissanayake, Kristelle Hudry, Katherine Pye, the Victorian ASELCC Team, Giacomo Vivanti (Drexel University), Karen McKinnon and Susan Glenross (Autism Partnership Australia)
    Funding: Department of Social Services
  2. School-age outcomes of children with Autism who received ESDM
    Researchers:
    Zoe Vinen, Cheryl Dissanayake, & Giacomo Vivanti
    Funding: School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University
  3. Comparing learning and social outcomes of preschoolers with Autism in inclusive versus segregated settings: A Randomized Control Trial to test a new model of early intervention delivery
    Researchers:
    Cheryl Dissanayake, Kristelle Hudry, Alan Shiell, Cathy Bent, Giacomo Vivanti (Drexel University) & the Victorian ASELCC Team
    Funding: Department of Social Services
  4. How does parent coaching add value to evidence-based autism intervention?
    Researchers:
    Kristelle Hudry, Katherine Pye, Xia Li, Cathy Bent, the Victorian ASELCC team, Giacomo Vivanti (Drexel University) & Mirko Uljaravic (Stanford University)
    Funding: Department of Social Services
  5. Acoustic analysis of vocalisations of toddlers with Autism and developmental delay
    Researchers:
    Darren Hedley, Neil McLachlan (Music and Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, University of Melbourne)
  6. Neurodevelopmental profiles of toddlers with Autism and developmental delay
    Researchers:
    Darren Hedley, Rose Nevill (Ohio State University and Nisonger Center, Ohio, USA), Jonathan Wilkins, Eric Butter, James A. Mulick (Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University, Ohio, USA)
  7. Supporting Best Practice in the Assessment and Treatment of Minimally Verbal Children with Autism
    Researchers:
    David Trembath, M. Tucker, Kristelle Hudry, Katherine Pye, C. Muckett, K. Fordyce, G. Hoppenbrouwers, A. DeBlasio, S. Webb, A. Joosten, R. Grove, J. Paynter, M. Westerveld, N. Maher, V. Rose, D. Keen, D. Eapen, S. Riley, T. Iacano, & Cheryl Dissanayake
    Funding: Department of Social Services
  8. Development and evaluation of a Family Support Program for newly diagnosed children with an ASD
    Researchers:
    Stacey Rabba, Cheryl Dissanayake, Josephine Barbaro
    Funding: Autism CRC
  9. How was your day?
    Researchers:
    Lesley Stirling (University of Melbourne), Cheryl Dissanayake, Kate Sofronoff (University of Queensland), David Trembath, Marleen Westerveld (Griffith University)
    Funding: Autism CRC
  10. Social communication predictors of language development in emergent autism
    Researchers:
    Kristelle Hudry, Jodie Smith, Lyndel Kennedy (Honours student)
    Funding: La Trobe University
  11. Does parental resolution to the diagnosis of ASD impact on the fidelity of parent delivered intervention and treatment outcomes for pre-school children?
    Researchers:
    Cheryl Dissanayake, Paula Grogan
    Funding: La Trobe University
  12. Decreasing defensive responses: an intervention study of emotional regulation, social engagement, auditory processing and motor skills in children with autism.  Researching the Safe & Sound Protocol
    Researchers:
    Darren Hocking, Darren Hedley, Joanne McIntyre
    Funding: La Trobe University