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Autism Open Day 2018

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Curtin University Autism Research Group invites you to attend the annual Autism Open Day on Sunday 9 September 2018.

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 9 September 2018
10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley

Now in its fourth 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 ‘tapping their talents’. 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
• National guideline for autism assessment and diagnosis
• Autism Register

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 9 September 2018

10:00am– Exhibition area open

10:30am – Welcome

10:40am – Professor Lyn Beazley AO, Ambassador of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) and past Chief Scientist of Western Australia. “Tapping the talents of people with autism”

11:07am –  Professor Tele Tan, Director and Co-founder of AASQA, Curtin University and Matthew Jones, PhD Candidate, Curtin University. “A strength based IT-program for adolescents with autism, what works?”

11:29am12:30pm – Break in proceedings

12:30pm – Professor Sonya Girdler, Director of Curtin Autism Research Group, Curtin University and Ms Filipa Scott, parent of a child with autism. “Kontakt”

1:10pm – Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Head of Autism Research, Telethon Kids Institute “Consensus-based recommendations for diagnosing autism spectrum disorders in Australia”

1:30pm –  Dr Gail Alvares, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute.  “The misnomer of ‘high-functioning autism’: IQ is a weak predictor of functional abilities in autism spectrum disorder”

1:402:05pm Break in proceedings

2:05pm – Joel Wilson, Research Assistant, Curtin University and Rebecca Kuzminski, PhD candidate, Curtin University, “Determining neurotypical knowledge about attitudes towards autism through co-production”

2:37pm – 3 minute PhD Presentations

  • “Promoting social interactions in newborn babies at risk of autism” – Dominique Cleary, UWA and Telethon Kids Institute
  • “Developing and evaluating an assessment of functioning tool for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders” – Maya Hayden-Evans, Curtin University and Telethon Kids Institute
  • “Beyond childhood: Understanding autism in adolescence and adulthood” – Kendra Dommisse, UWA and Telethon Kids Institute
  • “Developing an autism specific quality of life assessment for autistic adults” – Rebecca Kuzminski, Curtin University
  • “Barriers and facilitators impacting clinician uptake of guideline recommendations” – Anindita Karajagi, UWA and Telethon Kids Institute

3:00pm – Event close