Autism Awareness Day

Our patron Steven Joyce spoke to Breakfast and Stuff about his experience of being a parent of a child with ASD. His nine year old son Tommy is non-verbal. Although there are challenges, he has learned a number of things from Tommy. "In many ways, it’s a wonderful, life-enriching sort of experience to have somebody with you who's got such a different perspective of life as Tommy does." "What it teaches me is that you actually should be a heck of a lot more understanding of what's happening in other people's lives, and…continue reading →

NZ Autism Education Day: Focus on the Early Start Denver Model

Date: Monday 18 MarchTime: 6-7pmVenue: Room 501-110, Building 501, Ground floor, Grafton Campus Sally J. Rogers is a Developmental Psychologist, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of Training and Mentoring at the MIND Institute, University of California Davis. In her public lecture, Professor Rogers will describe the development of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an empirically supported early intervention model for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder that she developed with Geri Dawson and other colleagues in the United States. RSVP by Thursday 14 March: Email Ranjeeni Ram or phone 09 9236531continue reading →

Sequencing study opportunity

We still have spaces left in our genetics study. In this study we are sequencing individuals diagnosed with ASD to develop, and transfer into clinical practice, novel technologies, materials and protocols for cost-effective screening of the most frequently affected genes in children diagnosed with ASD. If you are interested in the study or if you have previously registered but have yet to have DNA collected and are still interested, register in the Registration tab at the top of this page, or contact us at arnnz@auckland.ac.nzcontinue reading →

Newsletter October 2018

Our most recent newsletter including updates from our research, and news from our Charitable Trust. In this issue we welcome celebrate the success of the recent fundraising event and thank all those who contributed, with funds, auction items or by volunteering on the night. We also are let you know to save the date for the upcoming public seminar on November 15 (more info here) Subscribe here to be kept up to date with the news from Minds for Minds and Autism Spectrum Disorder research, or follow us on facebook or twitter for the most up to date news…continue reading →

Minds for Minds Public Seminar 2018

Together with the Centre for Brain Research and Autism New Zealand, we are excited to announce our upcoming public seminar on 15 November 2018. We are honoured to host Andrew Whitehouse, Professor of Autism Research at The University of Western Australia and Chief Research Officer of the of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism. A panel discussion with clinical and research experts will immediately follow. This will include a focus on the support available for adults with ASD in New Zealand, and provide and opportunity for you to voice your questions. The…continue reading →

Study opportunity

Auditory Processing and Functional Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) We are seeking children who have ASD, with no hearing difficulties, aged 4-12 years old, who live in Auckland. Auditory processing deficits have been demonstrated in children with ASD. This may play a role in the communication difficulties children with ASD experience. We want see if there is a relationship between auditory processing and functional language in children with ASD. This study requires one assessment session, taking about 2 hours. It will include: A language assessment that looks at spoken language production and…continue reading →

Newsletter July 2018

Our most recent newsletter including updates from our research, and news from our Charitable Trust. In this issue we welcome former National Party Finance Minister the Hon Steven Joyce as the Patron for the charitable trust. This is his first public role since leaving Parliament, and is in a unique position to act as patron with both an understanding of science and as a parent of his son Tommy, who is 8 years old and on the spectrum. We also announced the upcoming quiz night fundraiser and auction, which will be hosted by Shane…continue reading →

Minds for Minds welcomes Steven Joyce as our new patron

  Former National Party Finance Minister Hon Steven Joyce is taking on his first public role since leaving Parliament and he’s getting behind a cause with a very personal connection. As the new patron of Minds for Minds Charitable Trust, an organisation dedicated to supporting research into Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Mr Joyce is stepping into a familiar area. His eight-year old son Tommy has ASD and is exactly the sort of person the work of the Trust is focused on helping. “I know personally the big impact that ASD has on those…continue reading →

Newsletter April 2018

Our most recent newsletter including updates from our research, and news from our Charitable Trust. In this issue we celebrate the achievement of one of our PhD students, Whitney Whitford, who was awarded the School of Biological Sciences Postgraduate Research award for a publication for which she was the lead author, supported by other Minds for Minds researchers as co-authors. We also report on a recent visit from Philippa James, an Audiologist for ASD at the University of Melbourne. She spoke about her current work in Melbourne and a collaborative effort between Melbourne and Auckland is…continue reading →