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Our commitment to research

AEIOU is committed to delivering high-quality early intervention and support for children with autism. AEIOU prioritises research and assessment, both internally and with our external partners.

AEIOU’s Research and Assessment Department was established in response to a growing need to demonstrate the research outcomes of our program and to meet the Australian Good Practice Guidelines (Roberts & Prior, 2012). We recognise that research is integral to our organisation to deliver high-quality for Evidence-Based Practices.

 

Research & Assessment

At AEIOU, our research focuses on monitoring and assessing the outcomes of the AEIOU program as well as assessing the impact ASD has not only on children but on families. We aim to:

  • Build an evidence base for the AEIOU program;
  • Better understand and meet the needs of children and families attending AEIOU; and
  • Provide a world-class resource of information on ASD through conferences, seminars, publications and the media.

By assessing children and their families, we gain invaluable information about the strengths and needs of children with autism. This is essential for individualising programs and achieving optimal outcomes for each child and their family. As quality research drives Good Practice (Roberts & Prior, 2012) Early Intervention, high-quality assessment is vital to conducting high-quality research. Assessment is the foundation for our research and is used to develop a database of children's outcomes for both program evaluation and longitudinal research.

 

Collaborations

Our Research & Assessment team at AEIOU collaborate with external agencies who have both expertise in autism and an interest in research relating to ASD.

AEIOU Research and Innovation Committee
The AEIOU Research and Innovation Committee (ARIC) oversees and facilitates sustainable research that has the potential to benefit both children with autism and their families, and works together to:

  • Plan research projects to be undertaken at AEIOU, and coordinate research activities with respect to children and families;
  • Support applications for external funding to financially support research activity;
  • Assess and review research proposals generated by AEIOU, individuals in the AEIOU Research and Innovation Committee or external institutions;
  • Ensure that constructive research relationships are maintained between families of children with ASD, researchers, AEIOU staff and the AEIOU Foundation;
  • Make recommendations to the AEIOU Board regarding research projects;
  • Monitor and review the progress of research activities undertaken at AEIOU;
  • Take into consideration the research priorities endorsed by the AEIOU Board; and
  • Communicate and disseminate information relevant to research proposed or undertaken at AEIOU to ARIC.

Autism Cooperative Research Centre (Autism CRC)
We are a key funding partner of the Autism Cooperative Research Centre, the world’s first national cooperative research effort focussed on autism, which takes a whole-of-life approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder, from diagnosis and the early years, to education and adult life. As part of the Autism CRC, AEIOU has contributed to significant studies in ASD research including the ‘National Diagnostic Guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’ and the ‘Longitudinal Study of Australian Students with Autism (LASA)’, and advocates for the future strategic directions for autism research in Australia.

Griffith University Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE)
AEIOU is proud to partner with Griffith University’s Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE), currently based at the AEIOU Logan Centre. ACE aims to improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism by undertaking research to expand knowledge about autism and autism intervention, supporting learning outcomes–from early childhood to education and employment–and providing training to parents and specialists.

Our current projects

Our past projects

 

Conducting a research project?

The Autism Research and Innovation Committee (ARIC) defines the research priority areas for research conducted at AEIOU. This means that when we examine research applications that come to AEIOU, they will be evaluated as to whether they fit into the identified priorities and also, when we apply for funding, we will be ensuring that it fits within the following priority areas:

  1. Evaluation of the AEIOU curriculum
  2. Transition to school topics: Understanding specific child and family issues (including cultural matters) related to aiding children to have the best outcomes when they transition from AEIOU and for AEIOU to deliver more informed early intervention services
  3. School readiness issues: Identifying critical skills that are needed for children when they transition to school
  4. Comparison between delivery programs: Researching how many hours of intervention provide the best outcomes for individual children
  5. Systematic evaluation of specific practices occurring at AEIOU
  6. Scientific merit

To propose a research project, or advertise for participants in a study you're currently conducting, please download and submit this form. Once received, the proposal will be discussed with the AEIOU Research and Innovation Committee at its monthly meeting.

If you have an interest in research, and would like to know more about the AEIOU Research and Innovation Committee, please email Dr Madonna Tucker.

To read an overview of AEIOU’s Research & Assessment team, view our flyer.

 

Published studies

Read our Research Articles

For a list of our published studies, click here. If you would like a copy of any of these articles, please email research@aeiou.org.au.

 

How families can be involved in our research

If your child is enrolled at AEIOU, you will be invited to participate in a number of research opportunities.

It’s important to note: you are not obliged to participate. You are welcome to opt in, or out, of each opportunity.

There are many ways researchers study autism and, at AEIOU, we use research to help us reflect on our service, and improve what we do. We also use it to add to the understanding of autism and early intervention, and to share this knowledge with individuals, families and the broader community.

The AEIOU Research & Assessment Team assists in organising and conducting assessments with children to inform an evaluation of outcomes. The Autism Research and Innovation Committee (ARIC) acts as the gatekeepers for research both internally and external to AEIOU, and defines the research priority areas for research conducted at AEIOU.

These priority areas, and research areas you can be involved in, include:

  1. Evaluation of the AEIOU curriculum
  2. Transition to school topics: Understanding specific child and family issues (including cultural matters) related to aiding children to have the best outcomes when they transition from AEIOU and for AEIOU to deliver more informed early intervention services
  3. School readiness issues: Identifying critical skills that are needed for children when they transition to school
  4. Comparison between delivery programs: Researching how many hours of intervention provide the best outcomes for individual children
  5. Systematic evaluation of specific practices occurring at AEIOU
  6. Scientific merit

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