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Our research program investigates all aspects of autism practice to support people on the autism spectrum and their families across their lifespan. This includes research into services for diagnosis, childhood intervention, education, transition to adulthood, employment support, community engagement, and ageing.

Aspect has been at the forefront in researching the everyday life experiences and needs of people on the autism spectrum. This research helps to raise awareness, promote discussion and pave the way for improving the services and supports that are essential for a good quality of life.

Current research studies

Aspect research that is already making a difference

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Working in partnership with Autistic people and their families/carers and Aspect practitioners, we will set ARCAP’s future program of research to ensure it is relevant, respectful and positively impacts the lives of people on the spectrum.
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What is the impact of COMPASS on teacher practice and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum at Australian schools?
Is developing self-compassion relevant and important for Autistic individuals to improve mental health?
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What are the experiences of students, parents and teachers involved in the Aspect Distance Education Program? Are there ways that the Program can be improved?
What service model allows tele-PBS to be delivered effectively to autistic people, and their families and support teams living in rural and remote areas?
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Is telehealth suitable for conducting autism assessments? Should Aspect continue to offer a telehealth assessment service after the COVID-19 pandemic?
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To support Autistic students make the most of their exceptional abilities, teachers need a good understanding of these abilities, and how to identify them.
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What makes it easier and what makes it more difficult for autistic adults living in Australia to access financial services? What can banks and financial institutions do provide an autism-friendly customer experience?
Google Classroom was the primary tool used in Aspect schools to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Is Google Classroom effective for remote learning?
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COVID-19 (coronavirus) is causing major disruption across the world. What have autistic people found difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic?
This research has led to the development of an autism training module that is now part of recruit training with ACT Police. Other law enforcement organisations are currently reviewing the module.
This research is now helping surf lifesaving clubs across Australia to run autism-friendly physical activity sessions for children on the autism spectrum.
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This research is helping a national shoe retailer provide an autism-friendly shopping experience for children on the autism spectrum and their families.
This research is helping Aspect develop services and resources to support families who are educating their children on the spectrum at home.
Based on this research, Aspect’s new Teletherapy services are removing the burden and cost of travel for families and local support teams in rural and remote locations, giving them easy access to much-needed autism services.
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This ongoing Aspect research series enables people on the autism spectrum to have their say about the awareness, services and support they need to achieve their goals and aspirations, and informs the development of Aspect’s services.
Could text messaging be an effective way for autism services to engage with fathers of children on the autism spectrum?

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