Research Update | May 2018


As we rapidly approach the midway point of the year, research at the Autism Association is in full swing.

Service Delivery project

The service delivery project designed to compare and contrast the First Steps Early Intervention model with the Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) model is now well into its second phase. Families and children who entered one of these programs in 2017 are now being followed up with the intention to see what has changed over the last 12 months. Including what has worked, what benefits are unique to each model, and most importantly – how we can continue to improve our services into the future.

The ASELCC research collaboration, a partnership between the Autism Association, Curtin University, service providers and universities from around Australia has produced cutting edge research for over 8 years. In June we will bring to a close two successful projects that arose from this collaboration.

Stakeholder Perspectives project

The Stakeholder Perspectives project was developed to improve our understanding of how families experience the transition to school. In the first half of 2018 parents and ASELCC staff from around Australia participated in surveys and focus groups. A wealth of valuable data was collected and we are currently preparing this information into a report for the Australian Government Department of Social Services. We are proud that research co-led by the Autism Association will have a direct impact on policy for early childhood services in Australia. Keep an eye out for future research updates in the coming months as we share outcomes from this project. 

Debunking Autism Myths project

The Debunking Autism Myths project, designed to combat harmful myths about Autism and related intervention models, has been hugely successful. In our last update, we were excited to report that the project was accepted for a place at the 2018 ISSBD conference on the Gold Coast. Since then we have had even more exciting news, learning that the project has been given a place at the 2018 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Annual Meeting to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The INSAR Annual Meeting is the largest conference for Autism in the world and attracts the biggest names in the field. This is the first time research conducted at the Autism Association will be featured at the INSAR Annual Meeting and represents a huge honour our organisation. It is also a testament to the Autism Association’s growing presence in the global research community.       

More to come…  

Be sure to look out for future updates on these and other exciting projects underway at the Autism Association.

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