For the early years

A collection of resources for families and caregivers of young children who may be diagnosed with autism (or showing early signs), and the professionals who support them.

Resources produced by OTARC researchers

Promoting Social Attention, Interaction and Communication Skills booklet

Promoting Social Attention, Interaction and Communication Skills booklet

A booklet  for parents of 11–30-month-old children. Contains activities designed to develop social communication skills. Available in multiple languages.

Promoting social attention booklet

Signs of Autism poster – for health professionals

Signs of Autism poster – for health professionals

This poster is suitable for display in health service waiting rooms .

SIGNS poster [PDF 2.1MB]

Knowledge and diagnosis of autism in Nepal

Knowledge and diagnosis of autism in Nepal

A plain language online peer-reviewed paper summary.

View online presentation

Current approaches and barriers to consistent, timely and best practice autism diagnosis

Current approaches and barriers to consistent, timely and best practice autism diagnosis

A plain language online presentation summarising the early years content from OTARC's response to the Senate Select Committee on Autism (2020).

View online presentation

How can we diagnose autistic girls earlier?

How can we diagnose autistic girls earlier?

A plain language online peer-reviewed paper summary.

View online presentation

The Social Attention and Communication Surveillance-Revised (SACS-R) and SACS-Preschool Training

The Social Attention and Communication Surveillance-Revised (SACS-R) and SACS-Preschool Training

Training equipping professionals working with infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers with the necessary skills to effectively identify children on the autism spectrum, discuss their findings with families as part of routine care, and provide a streamlined referral pathway for families.

SACS website

ASDetect

ASDetect

Based on the SACS method, ASDetect is a free mobile app that guides parents through age-appropriate assessments, using videos of autistic and non-autistic children to illustrate questions about social communication milestones.

ASDetect website

Autism: What Next?

A clear, concise and comprehensive website with step-by-step information for each stage of the autism journey, including road to diagnosis, early intervention, NDIS & funding and choosing a school.

Autism: What Next website


Early Days Workshops – for parents and carers

This is a national program for parents who suspect their child is exhibiting signs of autism, have concerns about their child's development or have a diagnosis of autism.

Parents, grandparents and carers of young children aged 0-6 years are welcome to participate in the Early Days program. Workshops and webinars are free to attend and held in each state and territory.

Early Days Workshops website


Raising Children Network – parent guide to therapies

OTARC researchers contributed content to this Federal Government-supported parenting  website. This section guides parents through the process of choosing the most appropriate therapies for their children.

RCN parent guide


Child and parent disability services

This page provides links to a range of child and parent disability services, resources and support organisations.

Child and parent disability services


Help is in your Hands website – intervention at home

This free website contains 16 video modules to help parents add simple intervention practices to their everyday routines at home. Based on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), developed by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, these videos demonstrate simple but effective strategies that parents can use in their daily care of children.


Free Online Course – for parents and carers

Aimed at parents, family members and support people, this comprehensive self-paced free online course, has resources and activities designed to be completed over six weeks. It was created by Swinburne University and launched in 2015.

Study the Autism MOOC


Support groups for carers - Victoria

A list of support groups in Victoria for carers maintained by Amaze.

Amaze website


Positive Partnerships

Providing current, relevant and evidence informed information through workshops and online resources.

Positive Partnerships website


Early intervention options

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

Autism Awareness Australia website

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