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Survey participants recruitment for social skills group training program

Our PhD student, Bahareh Afsharnejad, is conducting a study that is seeking to understand how Australian teenagers have fun and who they like to have fun with. This information will help inform a social skills group training program for autistic teenagers. She is looking for Australian teenagers aged between 12-17 years who do not have…

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Social groups for teenagers with autism

Adolescence is a time of increasing social demands, during which peer networks become important. Contrary to popular belief, teenagers with autism often accurately perceive their social interaction and communication skills and their limitations in networking with their peers. The social difficulties associated with autism along other co-morbidities such as social anxiety, can make this period…

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A strength-based approach in autism

The employment rate for individuals with autism is lower than all other categories of people with disability and without disability. This is surprising considering the valuable strengths and talents that individuals with autism demonstrate. While interventions should target employers, helping to recognize strengths over deficits, it is also thought that strength-based programs for adolescents can…

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How adults on the Autism Spectrum recognise emotions

Being able to tell what other people are feeling based on non-verbal signals (such as facial expression) is an important aspect of social communication. Many adults on the Autism Spectrum can have difficulty recognising how other people are feeling, which can make interactions with others difficult. The role of the brain in recognising emotions Difficulties…

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