Autism Spectrum Australia

Research focus

Download Aspect Practice Conversation 4 newsletter and podcast which focuses on research.

At Aspect Practice we ensure that the programs we deliver are evidence-based. All of our service deliveries are consistently evaluated through a continuous improvement projects cycle and the findings are integrated directly back into the program to quickly improve the service. Over the last six years we have undertaken evaluations of each of the early childhood, school, adult and family support programs. Our aim is to provide the best support using the most current and effective means.

In many cases our continuous improvement projects highlight programs and products that deserve a more in-depth study.  In these studies we conduct research projects to trial the effectiveness of particular programs or products within Aspect services. We also undertake large scale projects that investigate the needs and service requirements of people on the spectrum, and their families and support networks. Two recent projects are the We Belong adult study and the We Belong Too adolescent study. We share our results on the Aspect Practice website through Research Publications (includes insights, published peer-reviewed articles, reports, fact sheets) and the In Focus features.  

In addition to the Aspect conducted research, Aspect Practice produces a much-anticipated yearly digest that focuses on new and relevant research from around the world. This year the 2014 Research Update looks at a range of research subjects including promising early screening and diagnosis tools, mental health issues facing families, the costs of supporting a child on the spectrum and how ageing on the spectrum has become a research imperative.

Autism CRC Research Report now available

The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) has released its first Research Report. Part of Program 3, the study was about optimising the recruitment and retention of adults for longitudinal autism spectrum research. This important research provides an evidence base for encouraging adults on the spectrum to participate in research. Click on the image below to see the report. 

During 2014 Aspect Practice has had articles published in international research journals on trainee teachers working in autism spectrum specific social clubs, employment experiences of adults with autism spectrum and the systematic research programs in Aspect schools. View the papers in full below.

Research focus