Basic & Applied Neurosciences
I am delighted to share the second edition of The Birthday Party, a training film for professionals that describes the signs of autism in children. The film is a partnership project between government, university and clinical partners. This second edition (2018) incorporates feedback from the autism community and is available in multiple languages. It has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Welsh Government.
Members of the project team:
To watch the film visit www.aston.ac.uk/thebirthdaypartyfilm.
I have two strands of research, both of which focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder. The first strand relates to the behavioural symptoms, particularly in relation to our growing understanding of autism as a spectrum. The second strand has involved both functional and structural imaging of the brain in autism. My overall research aim is to combine these two strands to develop a better understanding of the link between the clinical and neurobiological profiles of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
My most recent work has focused on the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and I am part of an international collaboration of researchers and clinicians working with an instrument called the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO). We have used the DISCO to test the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and I led a series of studies to develop an abbreviated form of the interview. You can find more information about this research and clinical training provided as part of a Welsh Government Strategy at the following site:
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