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Best Practice for Children with Autism: Community Information Session

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McKay Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University Bendigo Campus

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Flora Hill, VIC 3552

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Professor Cheryl Dissanayake

The last 10 years of autism research: what do we know?

A brief overview of key achievements at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre over the last decade. While research was initially focused on the early childhood years, it now covers the developmental lifespan. There are numerous research projects underway at any given time that sit at the nexus of research and practice, with a strong focus on improving the lives of those with autism and their families.

Professor Pamela Snow

Guidance for selecting evidence-based interventions

Children's developmental disabilities are often complex and multi-faceted, and it can be difficult for parents to know how to access therapies and interventions that are most likely to benefit their child. There is a busy intervention 'marketplace' abuzz with big (often expensive) promises. Professor Snow will discuss some safeguards parents can employ in navigating this marketplace.

Dr Nancy Sadka

Tips for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – Don’t survive it, live it!

The NDIS is the new model for funding services that are reasonable and justified to meet the needs for people with disabilities. This provides some useful tips for navigating the scheme and making it work.

Professor Teresa Iacono

Collaboration across education and allied health for school inclusion

Despite international, national and Victorian state government commitment to inclusive education, quality educational inclusion in mainstream schools remains elusive for children with disability. Professor Teresa Iacono will discuss collaborative work by allied health and education researchers in Bendigo in developing strategies that provide children with autism and other disabilities access to the academic curriculum and support peer interactions.

Professor Pauleen Bennett

Roles for assistance dogs in supporting children with developmental disabilities

Assistance dogs have attracted a great deal of positive media attention. Are they just another expensive fad or can they provide real benefits? Professor Bennett will summarise what the research says and advise what parents should look out for when considering acquisition of an assistance dog.




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