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SENSORY SUBTYPES IN AUTISM: State of the Evidence & Future Directions

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In this talk, Prof Lane will overview current understanding of sensory features and sensory subtype models in autism. She will then discuss examples of the use of sensory subtyping to identify which autistic children might benefit most from commonly offered therapies. Professor Alison Lane is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience in paediatric clinical practice and health service management. She has undertaken research and teaching in both Australia and the United States, with a strong focus on autism and sensory processing. Alison has led seminal papers describing the first sensory subtype models in autism and was the recipient of the prestigious A. Jean Ayres award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for her contributions to the development of theory in autism and sensory processing. Alison joined the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University, Australia in February, 2021 as Deputy Director. Prior to this, Alison was Head of Discipline and Clinic Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

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