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About PRAC

We value our partnerships with Deakin, Victoria and Australian Catholic Universities.

Deakin University

Our partnership with Deakin University allows us to support a number of research projects and to supervise PhD students.

Australian Catholic University and Victoria University

A registered pathway has been created for ATI Diploma graduates for entry to a Masters of Education at Victoria University and the Australian Catholic University. Students who enrol in the MEd Minor Thesis Option and choose to undertake research in autism intervention and education, can arrange for their research to be supported through PRAC.

PRAC has supported the following Master of Education practical classroom based research projects. 
i.) Teacher Fidelity in implementation of Picture Communication Systems in generic specialist schools
ii.) Guidelines for use of Evidence Based Practices for teachers in secondary colleges

iii.) IPads as a communication tool for students with ASD.

Research currently supported by the PRAC


Australian Early Development Census ( AEDC). Received May June 2015.

Teachers perspectives on the impact of the core impairments of ASD on their female students. Adele Jones. Master of Education Thesis. Victoria University. Date received June 2015


An evaluation of the Teacher Training Program for Early Childhood Management Services. Principal Researcher. Dr Mark Stokes Deakin University Date received May 2014

EARLY ABLES Research Project Department of Education.  Date received August 2014


International Schools Based Research ( ISBER)


Training of police officers and other professionals in specialist vulnerable person interviewing. Dr Michelle Mattison, Deakin University and Lancaster University, UK.Date received: 21 August 2012


School-Based Functional Behavioural Assessment for ASD
Dr Vicki Bitsika Bond University Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date received: 5 of August 2011

Evidence Based Practices in Interventions for Children with ASD in 
general primary school classrooms

Dr Terry Bowles, University of Melbourne, Mary Thomson

The Female Profile of Autism: An examination of friendships
Alexandra Head, under the supervision of A/Prof Mark Stokes

Mirror neurons and motor skills
Tom Perkins, Kayleigh Young, Prof Mark Stokes, Dr Dawson Kidgell,
Prof Jane McGillivray, Mr Richard Bittar, Dr Janine Manjiviona,
Dr Kerryn Saunders

Personal grooming and dress in adolescents with Autism
Iskra Galic, Prof Mark Stokes, Dr Janine Manjiviona,
Prof Tony Attwood

Effectiveness of iPads for non-verbal students with ASD

Dr David Trembath Olga Tennison Research Centre

PRAC will derive income from:

  • Research grants
  • Philanthropic trusts
  • Consultancies
  • Government support

The Autism Teaching Institute (ATI) was established by Western Autistic School in 2005 to deliver specialist teacher training in the area of students with ASD with the brief to create systemic change. This occurred in response to a perceived need for specifically trained professionals in this area of great need.


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, through collaborative projects.