Transcriptome Analyses of Human Autistic Brain Tissue

Program 1: Early Years

This study aimed to use gene expression data to identify causal genetic variants (differences) identified by exome sequencing. Gene expression is the process by which information from a gene is used in the synthesis of a gene product (typically a protein or functional RNA).

Diagnostic Practices in Australia

Program 1: Early Years

This report, commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, outlines the results of a national survey of health professionals participating in diagnostic assessments.  The report has uncovered discrepancies in autism diagnosis practices across Australia and confirmed the need to

BrainsTorm Study

Program 1: Early Years

This study used cutting edge technology to transform white blood cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, to provide a neurological cell model that will help us identify cellular differences in an individual with autism.

Australian Education Needs Analysis

Program 2: School Years

Australian Education Needs Analysis: In Australia's first, national educational needs analysis, we surveyed 1,500 educators, parents and students on the spectrum to determine the needs of schools, parents and students across Australia.

 

Improving School Functioning by Reducing Anxiety in Children on the Spectrum.

Program 2: School Years

This project investigated whether participation in a group cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) anxiety program assists children on the autism spectrum to function better at school, including their anxiety, mood, social skills, and academic outcomes.


 

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Robotics Social Clubs

Program 2: School Years
This study has evaluated how Social Robotics Clubs can support students in mainstream schools in building social networks, particularly those on the autism spectrum. In a collaboration between teachers at Brisbane Catholic Education and researchers at The Queensland University of Technology, the research study demonstrated that inclusive activities with peers increased social connections, teamwork skills and academic engagement for students on the autism spectrum.
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Emergent Literacy Skills

Program 2: School Years

The aim of this study was to describe the emergent literacy skills of preschool children on the autism spectrum prior to school entry. We also wanted to find out how factors of home literacy environment, autism symptomology, age,
and general oral language skills are related to children’s emergent literacy performance.

Peer Mentoring Program for University Students on the Autism Spectrum

Program 3: Adulthood

This project has developed, implemented and evaluated a peer mentoring program for young adults on the autism spectrum in higher education. A range of resources are available for universities across Australia to implement their own peer mentoring program.

Optimising the recruitment and retention of adults for longitudinal autism spectrum research a mixed methods study

Program 3: Adulthood
Studio G Evaluation

Studio G Evaluation

Program 3: Adulthood

Studio G aims to create a nurturing environment in which young people on the spectrum are guided by mentors with skills and experience in the creative industries to complete projects in accordance with self-identified goals.

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Autism CRC Research Academy Report

Autistic Voice in Research
Autism CRC aims to include those with the lived experience of autism in all aspects of the research process. The Researching Autism Together Workshop provided participants with experiential learning in research skills, practice, management and culture to enable their participation as peers in research. It also provided opportunities for experienced researchers to gain a better understanding about how they might work together in partnership with people on the spectrum.

Research Priorities Survey

Autistic Voice in Research
Autism CRC has released the results of our first Research Priorities Survey.This is an important step in establishing Australian priority research needs, identified and agreed by our key stakeholders. Autism CRC will continue to engage widely with stakeholders, including the autism community, service providers and government to ensure our research investment is targeting the priority needs of the community.