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To produce, gather and synthesize research that will inform practical, efficient and effective teaching practice.

To this end PRAC will engage in a range of activities, including research, promulgating best and emerging practice in autism intervention and education, organizing conferences and workshops, fundraising, and partnerships.

 The research will focus on the translation of Evidence Based Research to classroom practice. Research topics will include for example:

  • Effectiveness of Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) for specific groups of students with ASD and at different schooling stages;
  • Teacher Fidelity in EBP implementation;
  • Research based literacy and numeracy interventions to address learning needs of students across different age and stages of schooling, and the nature and measurement of reading and writing difficulties;
  • Research based Social Skills program outcomes for groups of students;
  • Outcomes of Positive Behavior Support programs for different school sectors
  • Efficacy of computer access devices, simple communication aids and other assistive technology designed to support social and communication expression;
  • The nature of cognitive processes; assessment of cognitive abilities as an alternative to intelligence assessment;
  • Outcomes of Parent Training programs and what parents want as outcomes in schools.

PRAC will disseminate the results of its research by publications, conferences and workshops, and providing web based resources and consultancy.

The PRAC research both draws on and informs the training courses for professionals at the Autism Teaching Institute, other training organizations and higher education institutions.