GIER Twilight Lecture Series - Interventions for autism: navigating the maze.

GIER Twilight Lecture Series - Interventions for autism: navigating the maze.

The Griffith Institute for Educational Research continues the Twilight Lecture Series with three distinguished researchers in Professor Patricia Howlin, Dr Jessica Paynter and Professor Jacqueline Roberts speaking on the topic: Interventions for autism : navigating the maze. Join us at 4.30 pm for afternoon tea, with presentations beginning at 5.00 pm.

Presenter: Professor Patricia Howlin
Interventions for pre-school children with autism- what works and for whom?
Although there have been many false claims of "cures" for autism, over the past decade there have been a number of high-quality research trials of treatments that are specifically designed to reduce the severity of autism symptoms in very young children. Professor Howlin will examine the evidence-base for these interventions and explore how broad the impact of treatment is, how long the effects last and which aspects of treatment seem to work best for which children.

Presenter: Professor Jacqueline Roberts
Autism and Communication in Schools
What are the issues and how do we address them?
What do we know about what works?
Why aren't we doing it?

In this presentation we consider all aspects of communication for students with autism and for schools. Autism can be considered to be primarily a communication disorder and yet our awareness, understanding and knowledge of how best to support communication for students with autism, is patchy at best. In addition, there are many misunderstandings and myths associated with autistic communication which are likely to contribute to the often dismal outcomes for these young people in our school system. We explore some of these barriers and look at what can be done in schools to support communication for schools and for students with autism.

Presenter: Dr Jessica Paynter
Navigating and Selecting Autism Interventions
While a wide range of autism interventions are available, no single intervention is universally recommended. Further, some areas have little research to guide practice. In this presentation the evidence-based practice framework will be over-viewed as a framework for selecting intervention practices. This will include an overview of the best available evidence, what practices have been shown to be effective, questions to ask, and monitoring intervention outcomes. A discussion of under-researched areas such as supports for adults with mental health needs will also be included as an example of how to select or tailor interventions where this is limited research.
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