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Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (ARCAP) COVID-19 Notice

Given how rapidly the COVID-19 crisis is evolving and its impact on the autism community, autistic community and families and carers, we have revised the scheduled timeline for a number of research projects.

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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

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Where should ARCAP focus our research in autism practice, so that Aspect can best meet the priorities of autistic people and their families and carers for services and supports?
Distance education
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?
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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?
Priorities of autistic people
What matters most to autistic people in Australia? What are their priorities for services and supports?
Inclusive banking
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?
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How can we measure the effectiveness of SWPBS in Australian autism-specific schools? How is SWPBS being used in schools? How effective is SWPBS use in Australian autism-specific schools?
Australian police
How can interactions between autistic individuals and the criminal justice system be improved? What policy and practice changes should be made to better support autistic people who come into contact with the criminal justice system?
Emotional-skills
We’re working with the Children’s Hospital Westmead to find out if a program of emotion-based social skills training for children on the autism spectrum and their parents works if it’s delivered by teachers in Aspect’s specialist autism schools.
TelePBS
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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By better understanding the exceptional skills of children on the autism spectrum, we we can design specialist curricula and programs that draw on their strengths.

Aspect research that is already making a difference

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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?
Police
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.
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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.
Home-Schooling
This research is helping Aspect develop services and resources to support families who are educating their children on the spectrum at home.
Teletherapy
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.
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Could text messaging be an effective way for autism services to engage with fathers of children on the autism spectrum?

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