Autism Research Project

18 April 2015

The Curtin Autism Research Group in collaboration with Val Lishman Health Research Foundation, SWAN and Disability Services Commission have recently launched a large scale Autism Research Project throughout Western Australia. The project has two phases:

  1. Phase One: a comprehensive survey for families in Western Australia who have a child/young person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of 2-18 years.
  2. Phase Two: the iPad Early Intervention trials for children between the ages of 2-6 years who have been diagnosed with ASD or are on the waiting list for an Autism Assessment. NOW COMPLETE

Child using iPad with Dad

The survey is particularly timely with the rollout of the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is also one of the most comprehensive surveys ever to be undertaken with families living with a child with ASD in Western Australia. Information collected from this survey will inform future services and policy. Importantly, this is the first wave of a longitudinal study that will allow us to learn how the needs of families with a child with ASD change over time. The survey can be completed online here as well as in paper and pen format, or via phone.

Through the iPad Early Intervention study we are assessing the effectiveness of an iPad App as a complementary therapy tool for young children with Autism in regional and rural areas. Families taking part were provided with an iPad with the App installed to use for the duration of the study, and individual support and training in use of the App. This part of the study is now complete. Thank you to everyone who participated.

For further information about both of these studies please contact one of the the research team:

Ms Melody Birrell (South West)
Mobile: 0497 549 773

Mr Dave Parsons
Phone: (08) 9266 3790 or

Dr Sharmila Vaz
Mobile: 0424 847 070

Please download the posters below for further information about how to take part in this important research:

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