Autistic children


"I want to see my friends": the everyday experiences of autistic people and their families during COVID-19

Many autistic people felt worryingly unsupported during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first major investigation into the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns on autistic people and their families, this report makes five key conclusions intended to influence ongoing policy responses.

We look after our own mob

This report, commissioned by Positive Partnerships, and supported by First Peoples Disability Network, is the first research on autism in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Far less than they deserve: children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals

This report shows how too many children are being admitted to secure hospitals unnecessarily – in some cases are spending months and years of their childhood in institutions when they should be in their community. It warns that the current system of support for those...
Conference paper

Beyond digital displays: design considerations for tablet applications targeting children with ASD in Sri Lanka

Technology is being extensively used among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in affluent countries. However, there is a paucity of studies exploring the use of technology for children with ASD in developing countries like Sri Lanka.

Autism and the NDIS: a matter of interpretation

Could the National Disability Insurance Scheme be threatened by higher-than-expected diagnoses of autism and developmental delay?

Submission to the Senate inquiry into access and attainment for students with disability

Many students with disability experience disadvantage and discrimination in school. They face several significant challenges, including exclusion from school and inadequate support. These students are currently being denied their right to an inclusive, quality education. The Senate Education and Employment References Committee is conducting a...

Autism spectrum disorders

The earlier that children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) receive referral, diagnosis and intervention, the better the long-term results are for those children and their families (Barbaro & Dissanyake, 2009; Wiggins et al., 2006; Mandell et al., 2005). Primary health care professionals, such as...

Speech and language disorders in pre-school children and temper tantrums

Speech and language disorders are a common childhood problem, affecting approximately ten per cent of children. Assessments of hearing, intellectual functioning, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and emotional functioning will be needed before proceeding with a course of management and treatment. The second article looks at temper...