Research conducted by Dr Kate Simpson and Associate Professor Dawn Adams from GIER and the Autism Centre of Excellence has identified the environmental barriers to participation for children on the autism spectrum in out-of-school activities.
Their research was conducted as part of a six-year Longitudinal study of Australian Students with Autism (LASA) that is funded by the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for the Living with Autism (Autism CRC). The LASA project is being undertaken by a multidisciplinary team that includes researchers and practitioners working with individuals on the autism spectrum.
“The aim of the LASA project is to document the progress of school age children on the autism spectrum and examine individual and environmental factors associated with their progress and outcomes”.
“The purpose of the current research was to identify if external factors, such as the type of activity, resources and supportiveness of the environment impacted on the participation of children on the autism spectrum in activities in the home and community”.
- home environments generally support the child’s participation.
- social, physical and cognitive activity demands and relationships make home participation more difficult in older children.
- sensory, social and cognitive demands of activities impact on children’s community participation.
- programs and services, information, and supplies to support community participation are limited.
- Protocol for a prospective longitudinal study investigating the participation and educational trajectories of Australian students with autism
- Investigating the participation of children on the autism spectrum across home, school, and community: A longitudinal study
- Participation of children on the autism spectrum in home, school and community