Enhanced participation and engagement for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities and their families.

Research in Autism and Developmental Disabilities (RADD) uses high quality methodology to contribute new knowledge and understanding of autism and developmental disabilities. This will occur at the individual, family and systemic level. RADD researchers focus on the translation of knowledge into practice at each of these levels in order to impact policy and practice. RADD members also participate in the Autism Centre of Excellence -  a collaborative initiative drawing on expertise from areas such as education, health and behavioural sciences. The centre is highly respected within the global autism community and recognised as leaders in the field and in evidence-based practice.

Focus

We aim to use high quality methodology to contribute new knowledge and understanding of autism and developmental disabilities. This will occur at the individual, family and systemic level. We will focus on the translation of knowledge into practice at each of these levels in order to impact policy and practice.

Anxiety in Children on the Autism Spectrum

Dr Dawn Adams is leading a program of research exploring the presentation of anxiety in children on the autism spectrum.  In this video she explains how her team believe that researchers need to go beyond the standardised questionnaires to understand how anxiety may present in autism and how it may differ across different environments or settings.

Children with Autism and schooling

Professor Jacqui Roberts discusses current research being undertaken by members of the Research into Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research Program into life for people with autism.

Selecting What Works for Students with Autism to Promote Physical and Mental Wellbeing

Three distinguished researchers - Professor Deb Keen and Dr Dawn Adams from Griffith's Autism Centre of Excellence, and Associate Professor Honey Heussler from UQ's Child Health Research Centre - each present their findings on issues important to people with autism, including debunking treatment myths with factual information and replacing them with effective interventions;  understanding and addressing anxiety in autism; and physical health factors that impact on well-being for children with autism.

Dr Dawn Adams

Professor Deb Keen

Interventions for Autism: Navigating the Maze

This video features three outstanding researchers in the field of Autism research. Professor Pat Howlin is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, and Professor of Developmental Disability at the University of Sydney. Pat’s principal research interests focus on the long-term prognosis for individuals with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders and on developing intervention programmes that may help to improve outcomes.  Dr Jessica Paynter is a developmental psychologist and clinician. Her focus is on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based assessment and interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Professor Jacqueline Roberts is Chair of Autism in the Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE) at Griffith University, and a senior researcher in GIER’s Research in Autism and Developmental Disabilities (RADD) Program. Jacqui is responsible for developing the research agenda focusing on research that will enhance outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her background in autism stretches back over 30 years and includes experience as a teacher in both mainstream and special education, speech pathologist, principal, senior manager and academic.

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