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Emotion Regulation and Empathy in Children with Autism

Help us to understand why children with autism find it difficult to respond to other’s emotions with empathy and gain a greater understanding of your child’s emotional development

The study involves observing children’s behavioural responses to everyday positive and negative emotional situations. For example, a young child showing happiness while playing with a toy, or a child who is upset on his first day of school (presented as videos)

We are looking for children with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis between 5 and 9 years of age who have normal or high IQ (high-functioning)

The study takes approximately 45 minutes

If you are interested in participating in this study or want any further information please contact Elian.

Phone: 9351 3494 Email:


Finding the right words: A study of language production in autism

Can you beat our robot team in the picture naming game?

We’re looking for kids with autism as well as typically developing kids to take part in our research over the next few weeks.

Language difficulties affect many children with autism. But while there is a lot of research on language comprehension, surprisingly little is known about the production of language. We know there is huge variation: from kids who never speak or come very late to speech, to those who are precocious talkers, despite having difficulties with conversational skills or nonverbal communication. We need to understand the diversity within autism as well as the differences between children with and without autism.

In this study, we are using a simple picture naming test. Children are shown a series of pictures on a computer screen and are asked to name them as quickly as possible.

We’re interested in two main questions: Do some children with autism have particular difficulty choosing between words with similar meanings? And do some children with autism rely more on the right side of their brain for producing language?

The study takes around 90 minutes to complete. We pay $30 for each child.

Optionally, you can also take part in another 30 minute study looking at children’s ability to use pronouns (words like “he”, “you” and “I” that children with autism often struggle to make sense of).

If you’d like your child to take part, please ring Shu Yau (0298502991) or email


How do autistic kids’ brains make sense of sounds?

We’re looking for kids with autism as well as typically developing kids to take part in our research over the next few weeks.

In a recent study, we found that autistic kids had unusual brain responses to certain sounds. We’re now conducting a follow-up study to see how consistent these findings are across different kids – and whether they relate to everyday problems with sensitivity to sounds.

As in our original study, we are using a technique known as magnetoencephalography or MEG for short. MEG works by measuring the tiny magnetic signals produced by neurons in the brain. It will tell us which parts of the kids’ brains are responding, how quickly, and how sensitive they are to subtle changes in the sounds they are hearing.

It involves absolutely no physical risks. Kids get to go in a “space rocket”, watch a movie of their choice – and get paid!

If you’d like your child to take part, please ring Shu Yau (02 9850 1582) or email


Study of language and cognition in autism

We are looking for children diagnosed with autism between the ages of 5 to 12 for participating in research concerning cognitive and language abilities. The study focuses on how children understand and use pronouns (e.g. he, she) and articles (a, the)

The study will take place at Macquarie University and you will receive a $20(Coles/Myer card) in appreciation of your time. Children will receive stickers for participation.

For more information, please contact

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee.