Highly respected leader within the global autism and research communities
Griffith University is a university committed to undertaking cutting edge research to address educational needs. In the field of learning difficulties, Griffith has a strong track record of successfully delivering pre-service and postgraduate education courses. The university also has an established reputation for quality teaching graduates in the field of special education, making it well placed to work with partners to address workforce needs in Autism Spectrum Disorder education.
The Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE), has a mission to improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism by supporting learning - from early childhood to education and employment. This will be achieved by providing training to parents and professionals in multidisciplinary settings and by undertaking research to expand knowledge about autism and autism intervention. ACE is a collaborative initiative drawing on expertise from areas such as education, health and behavioural sciences. Our Centre is highly respected within the global autism community and recognised as leaders in the field and in evidence-based practice.
About the Autism Centre of Excellence
The strength of the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) lies in the calibre of staff, renowned nationally and internationally, and the expertise they bring to the Autism Centre of Excellence initiative. ACE works collaboratively with the state and federal government Education, Health and Communities portfolios.
Our Centre provides professionals working across a variety of settings, with the knowledge and skills to improve the everyday lives of people with autism and their families. ACE seeks to support learning for people with autism across their lifespan and open doors of opportunity – from early childhood, to further education and employment.
Much of the research into Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is from a health and/or clinical psychology perspective. However, ASD has a profound influence on a learner’s ability to positively participate in educational settings. ASD shapes a learner’s educational experiences as well as their wellbeing and success throughout their lifespan.
Be the difference to learners with Autism
Develop your specialist knowledge and teaching techniques with Australia’s first postgraduate multidisciplinary program dedicated to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With expert academic research and guidance, and the input of learners and their families, you’ll gain a deep understanding in communication, behaviour support, social-emotional learning, curriculum access, and can progress to more advanced courses covering transition phases, and collaborative practice.
Autism Centre of Excellence staff
Anxiety disorders are now recognised as the most commonly co-occurring conditions within autism spectrum disorders, with prevalence rates of clinically significant anxiety being 3-4 times higher in children with autism than children without autism. It is known that anxiety can impact on school engagement and academic performance for children without autism but research exploring anxiety and autism in the school context has to date, been very limited. With funding from Griffith University as well as the Department of Education and Training Educational Horizons grant scheme, Dr Dawn Adams and Professor Deb Keen are leading a program of research focussing upon anxiety and well-being in autism and how this may be identified within school settings. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the findings as they are published.
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Teachers need more professional development to support anxiety in students with autism
07 Feb 2019
Professional development is needed to increase teacher knowledge about anxiety-related behaviours in students with autism.
Griffith Education partners with Singapore Special Education school
03 Dec 2018
Griffith’s School of Education and Professional Studies, has signed an agreement with MINDS Singapore to collaborate on special education...
Children with autism showing increasing anxiety through primary school – study
09 Aug 2018
A world-first autism study has found high levels of anxiety in children as young as five years old with autism attending Australian schools.
Maximising communication in schools for children with autism
19 Jul 2018
Schools need to improve communication skills so students with autism can flourish.