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1989 …2019

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Research Biography

Robyn Young's interest in autism began while studying savants as part of her PhD in Savant Syndrome.  This work became the subject of an ABC documentary titled Uncommon Genius. She went on to develop a screening tool for Autistic Disorder suitable for use in children as young as 12 months of age. This tool, known as the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC; ACER, 2007), clearly operationalises early behaviours indicative of autism. Together with colleagues at Flinders University she has developed an intervention program called SPECTRA (ACER, 2009).  Her work has now turned to older persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Specifically she is interested in why persosn with ASD may become unwittingly involved in crime.

Research Interests

Together with colleagues at Flinders University I have developed a screening tool that will identify Autistic characteristics in children as young as 12 months of age. This tool, the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) is now being published through the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER).Research teams in Mexico, China, the USA, Malaysia and Sweden are also investigating its use.   This research has led to the development of an Early Intervention Research Program (EIRP) based at Flinders University.   The EIRP uses behaviour analysis techniques to provide an intensive, individualised, intervention program. The activities developed in this program have led to the development of SPECTRA, a behavioural intervention package published by ACER. Other interests include savant syndrome, diagnostic issues surrounding Asperger syndrome and childhood trauma.

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Research Output

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Convergent validity of the A-ToM (Adult Theory of Mind) test for individuals with autism spectrum disorder

    Brewer, N., Zoanetti, J. & Young, R. L., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. 37, 6, p. 797-802 6 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Development of a brief version of the Autism Detection in Early Childhood

    Nah, Y., Young, R. & Brewer, N., 1 Feb 2019, In : Autism. 23, 2, p. 494-502 9 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Brief Report: Screening Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder for Anxiety and Depression

    Nah, Y-H., Brewer, N., Young, R. L. & Flower, R., May 2018, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 48, 5, p. 1841-1846 6 p.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)