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Autism Open Day 2017

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Curtin University Autism Research Group invites you to attend the annual Autism Open Day on Sunday 17 September 2017.

Event details

This is a complimentary event open to adults and children with autism, their families, and anyone who is interested in autism research.

Sunday 17 September 2017
10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley

Now in its third year, the increasingly-popular Autism Open Day brings together leading researchers from Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute.

Join us to meet the researchers and learn more about the latest autism research.  There will be discussions on programs that support people with autism, with a focus on children of school age. Parents of autistic children as well as individuals with autism will also share their stories and experiences.

A series of short presentations by researchers and experts, with and without lived experience of autism, will be run throughout the day.

An exhibition area will hold stalls with information on key areas such as:

• Pathway planning for school leavers with autism
• Social skills training for teenagers with autism
• Emotion recognition training computer games
• Peer mentoring program for university students with autism
• Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance
• Getting around the community
• Vision for action

Food and coffee will be available for purchase throughout the day, and complimentary toys will be available for children.

This event is held in conjunction with Autism CRC and Telethon Kids Institute

Autism CRC            Telethon Kids Institute

Autism Open Day Program – Sunday 17 September 2017

10.00am – 3.00pm: Exhibition area open

10.30am: Official Welcome

10.40am – 10.50am: “Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance” presented by Professor Tele Tan, Director and Co-founder of AASQA

10.50am – 11.10am: “From tantrums to tech geek: Liam’s school years”

Presented by high school student, Liam Picen and his parent

11.10am – 11.30am: “Teaching independence to school-age children” presented by Ms Regino Ledo, Psychologist at Behavioural solutions: Learning for life

11.30am -12.00pm: Break

12.00pm – 12.10pm: “Autism CRC Program 2 research” presented by Dr Marita Falkmer, Research Fellow at Curtin University

12.10pm – 12.30pm: 3-minute PhD presentations

  • “The faces of autism” – Ms Diana Tan, Telethon Kids Institute
  • “KONTAKTing Australia: A social skills group training for Australian adolescents on the autism spectrum” – Ms Bahareh Afsharnejad, Curtin University
  • “The development and evaluation of an extra-curricular strengths based program to prepare adolescents with autism for employment in the IT industry” – Mr Matt Jones, Curtin University
  • “The Australian Autism Biobank” – Ms Dominique Cleary, Telethon Kids Institute
  • “Empowering employers to tailor the workplace for adults on the autism spectrum” – Ms Melissa Scott, Curtin University

12.30pm – 12.40pm: “Supporting early development: Examining the efficacy of very early intervention for infants with social communicative delays” – Dr Kandice Varcin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute

12.40pm – 12.55pm: “KONTAKTing Australia: A social skills group training program for teenagers with autism” presented by Associate Professor Sonya Girdler, Director of Curtin Autism Research Group

12.55pm – 1.15pm: “Living on the spectrum” live interview by Associate Professor Sonya Girdler

1.15pm – 1.35pm: Break

1.35pm – 1.50pm: “National guideline for autism diagnosis in Australia” presented by Dr Kiah Evans, Program Manager at Telethon Kids Institute

1.50pm – 2.00pm: “Helping adolescents with autism plan their future pathways: Findings of a randomised controlled trial of the BOOST-A online program” presented by Ms Megan Hatfield, Doctoral Candidate at Curtin University

2.00pm – 2.20pm: 3-minute PhD presentations

  • “Oxytocin and social communication in children with ASD” – Ms Joanna Granich, Telethon Kids Institute
  • “The Mindreading Training Academy: Unlocking our mindreading powers” – Ms Julia Tang, Curtin University
  • “Reading the mind in the eyes” – Ms Melissa Black, Curtin University
  • “Autism diagnosis in Australia: The viewpoints of individuals with autism and their caregivers” – Ms Emily D’Arcy, Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute
  • “From little things big things grow” – Mr Craig Thompson, Curtin University

2.20pm -2.35pm: Break

2.35pm -2.55pm:  “The TOBY trial: Results from a trial of an iPad app to support early intervention” presented by Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Head of Autism Research at Telethon Kids Institute

3.00pm: Event close