Autism Research Public Seminar

Minds for Minds, together with the Centre for Brain Research and Autism New Zealand, presents Autism Research Public Seminar An update on autism research with a focus on answering your questions Chaired by Dr Rosamund Hill (neurologist) with additional panel members Jen Birch (author and advocate) and Dane Dougan (Chief Executive – Autism NZ) Date: Monday, 25 November 2019 Time: 6.30pm - 8pm followed by light refreshments Location: AMRF Theatre, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland 85 Park Road, Grafton Get Directions Transport: We recommend using public transport where possible – click here to visit…continue reading →

Volunteers wanted

Have you got time you’d like to share to support a valuable cause? The Minds for Minds Charitable Trust* are looking for people willing to share little of their time and skill with our team of volunteers to help us organise fundraising and events. Keen? Email us at info@mindsforminds.org.nz *The Trust aims to raise funds for autism research in New Zealandcontinue reading →

Newsletter July 2019

Our most recent newsletter including updates from our research, and news from our Charitable Trust. In this issue we report recent results from the genetic study and a feeding study from the School of Psychology. 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 and event informationcontinue reading →

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 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 and…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 →