Autism and Early Intervention

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Autism – Early intervention in childhood

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About early intervention and young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Young children with ASD can benefit from specialised early intervention as their brains are still malleable. Hear from a parent and a Professor of Psychology who specialises in ASD about helping a child with ASD, research on ASD and the impact of early intervention.

Our guests

Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

Professor Dissanayake is the Founding Director of Australia’s first research centre dedicated to autism, established in 2008. She has been an autism researcher since 1984, when she began her PhD at Monash University. On completion she undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sigman lab at UCLA, and has established and led an active research program since joining La Trobe University in 1996. In addition to her scholarly activities, with numerous grants and publications, Prof. Dissanayake was instrumental in bringing together Victorian and Australian autism researchers, having co-founded the Autism Victoria ASD Research Group (in 2003), the Australasian Autism Research Alliance (in 2005), the Australasian Autism Research Collaboration (in 2009) and the Australasian Society for Autism Research (2011), a member based society of which she is vice-President. She is also a Project Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism. Professor Dissanayake is amongst the first scholars to be inaugurated as a Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research at its annual conference in Rotterdam in May, 2018. 

Beth W.

Beth is a parent of two boys, one child was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Beth talks about the impact of early intervention on her son’s condition, the services the family accessed and the highs and lows of rearing a young child with ASD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder information

Find information on ASD, ASD support servicesASD – tips for parents.

Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre – Australia’s first centre dedicated to autism research. It has a strong focus on research translation through the development of evidence-based tools, and collaborates with other autism research centres and institutes both in Australia and internationally. The Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre operates at La Trobe University too. 

AMAZE – the peak body for people with ASD and their supporters in Victoria.