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Autism clinic

World-first treatments for Autism spectrum disorders
The Brain and Mind Centre’s Autism Clinic for Translational Research develops world-first treatments to improve the lives of young people with autism spectrum disorder and their loved ones.

About the clinic

Our clinic serves children and young adults up to age 30 with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. We collaborate with child developmental services across the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network to better understand the needs and characteristics of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Our clinical psychologists, behavioural, cognitive and neuropsychology experts research how biology, genetics and brain functioning contribute to autism. Together. we are striving to develop the first-ever medication to reduce social difficulties experienced by children and young adults with autism.

Our Services

Participate in a study, your involvement could make all the difference. To find solutions and develop better treatments, we need individuals from the community who have been diagnosed with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-NOS to take part in our studies. We know that autism not only affects the person diagnosed but their entire family. So we also encourage parents of autistic children to take part in our clinical research programs. This will help us uncover biological and behavioural markers that might play a role in the onset of autism spectrum disorder.

Current studies

We are seeking children with Autism and their parent/guardian to participate in a research study we are conducting. The study is looking at the effectiveness of a new nasal spray in reducing social and behavioural difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The nasal spray is being studied in combination with an established social learning intervention, called the Parent-delivered Early Start Denver Model (P-ESDM). 

We are currently conducting a group-based cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) program for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These programs are free and aim to reduce anxiety and improve social skills in social situations.  This research program investigates the mechanisms that facilitate changes in social behaviour and symptom severity over the course of gold-standard group CBT treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The group therapy program (up to 3 hours weekly over 8 weeks) aims to improve social skills and provide participants with effective strategies for reducing anxiety.

We are currently conducting a study looking at how social functioning and mental health changes in adults with Autism over time. Adults with Autism complete a range of questionnaires and assessments looking at social functioning, social interaction, and mental health. This study will help us to understand predictors of social difficulties and mental ill-heath in Autism, and how we can help people with Autism flourish in their everyday lives.

Achieving, maintaining, and thriving in employment can be difficult for many adults with Autism. We have partnered with workplaces to improve accessibility and training to deliver increased work opportunities for adults with Autism.

Our team

Clinical Trial Coordinator:

Dr Rinku Thapa

Social Groups Facilitator:

Ms Emma Guastella

Dr Kelsie Boulton

Dr Eleni Demetriou

Dr Elizabeth Stratton

Ms Zahava Ambarchi

Ms Ayesha Khan Sadozai

Autism Clinic for Translational Research

  • Level 5, Building F, Brain and Mind Centre, 94 Mallett Street Camperdown, NSW, 2050

Autism Clinic for Translational Research

Professor Adam Guastella

Head, ACTR