Research Focus Areas
This project examines barriers to physical activity in children with autism. The AFL and Deakin University have partnered together to develop and promote inclusive practices for children with autism. The project also includes children who have related and commonly co-morbid developmental challenges.
The Sleeping Sound with Autism Project
This project is a brief, targeted sleep intervention in a large randomised controlled trial group with and without autism. This research follows the Sleeping Sound with ADHD efficacy trial.
The Sleeping Sound in Adolescence Project
This study aims to develop a sleep intervention suitable for adolescents with ADHD. The project aims to examine whether treating sleep problems in adolescents with ADHD improves not only sleep but broader child and family outcomes.
The Calm Kids Project
A novel RCT to test the efficacy of an existing CBT intervention adapted for children aged 8–12 years with ADHD and anxiety. Pilot data shows that at 5-months post-randomisation, 50% of intervention children were free of an anxiety diagnosis (assessed by blinded diagnostic assessment) compared with controls.
The ASAP Project
An interactive portal for teachers to use in the classroom to support and improve learning outcomes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The ASAP Tool focuses on four key domains of school functioning: communication, social interaction, focused interests and preferred activities.