CliniKids is a not-for-profit centre integrating world-class research with a clinical service for children with developmental delay and/or an autism diagnosis, and their families. It is the first of its kind for autism in Australia.
One of the unique aspects of CliniKids is the integration of clinical services with cutting-edge research. Our exceptional team of researchers work in collaboration with our clinicians to give the community access to the world's best evidence-based therapies.
Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) training and certification is designed for allied health professionals to provide communication support for parents and caregivers of young children with autism. The evidence-based approach helps parents and caregivers understand and communicate more effectively with their child by promoting the development of social communication.
Level One - Introductory training
A half-day independent e-learning program which covers the theory behind PACT and begins to introduce PACT concepts. Delegates must complete Level One training before beginning Level Two - PACT practitioner training.
Level Two - PACT professional certified online training
This level consists of four half-days of online training with a PACT trainer covering the core principles and the current evidence for PACT, demonstrating the model in use through video. The training also provides opportunities for practical application of the concepts through role play and small breakout discussions. Training is followed by group and individual post-course supervision and support to complete the post-course fidelity requirements. Completion of Level 2 and the accompanying post-course work will qualify the professional to administer PACT.
A Level 2 PACT accreditation certificate is issued to professionals who complete Level 1 and Level 2 PACT training as well as pass their post-course fidelity requirements.
Who can attend?
The training is designed for allied health professionals, para-professionals, and other related service providers.
CliniKids 2024 PACT Training Dates (subject to change)
Level 2 Training - 23, 24, 30 and 31 July, 9am-1pm (AWST)
Group Supervision - 18 September, 9am-1pm (AWST)
Level 2 Training - 30 September, 1, 7 and 8 October, 9am-1pm (AWST)
Group Supervision - 26 November, 9am-1pm (AWST)
Cost: $2850 (excl. GST) which includes:
Introductory e-learning course
4 half-days of online interactive training with PACT professional
Group and individual post-course supervision and support
PACT e-manual and forms
Where: Fully online via Zoom. Links will be sent to delegates following payment and completion of the Level 1 e-learning program.
Expression of interest: Submit your expression of interest for PACT training in 2024 here.
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a standardised observational assessment of the social, play and communication skills of individuals who may be on the autism spectrum. It is considered a gold standard assessment tool in the diagnosis of autism.
ADOS-2 Training (4-day ADOS-2 Training) covers Modules 1-4, which allows for the assessment of individuals from as young as 31-months-old and through to adulthood, at all levels of language ability. This course covers:
Introduction to the administration and coding of the ADOS-2 Modules 1-4.
Opportunities to watch and code videoed administration of the ADOS Modules 1-4.
Practical use of the ADOS with a volunteer and individual feedback.
Discussion of the application and interpretation of the ADOS-2 and how it relates to autism diagnostic assessment.
Trainees should come away from the training confident to develop their fluency in the use of the ADOS-2 in their clinical setting. Upon completion, trainees receive a certificate to confirm that they have completed ADOS-2 Module 1-4 Training.
Additional training (2-day ADOS-2 Toddler Training) is required to learn the ADOS-2 Toddler Module, which is most suitable for the assessment of toddlers 31-months-old and younger.
Who can attend? The course is open to Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists and Paediatricians. Previous experience working with autistic individuals and their families is required.
CliniKids ADOS-2 Training Dates
When: 4-day ADOS-2 Training, 5, 6, 21 and 22 March, 2024 (delegates must attend 4 workshops) - *****SOLD OUT*****
Day 1: Tuesday, 5 March, 9am to 5pm (AWST)
Day 2: Wednesday, 6 March, 9am to 5pm (AWST)
Day 3: Thursday, 21 March, 9am to 12pm OR 1pm to 4pm (AWST, small groups)
Day 4: Friday, 22 March, 9am to 5pm (AWST)
Where: Fully online
Cost: $2000 (excl. GST)
Registration:SOLD OUT. New 2024 dates will be posted shortly.
This two-session workshop will provide clinicians and autism professionals with a greater understanding of why uncertainty is a particular challenge for some children on the spectrum and how to deliver this group program in clinical settings for families whose children are experiencing these difficulties.
Telethon Kids Institute’s CliniKids is excited to introduce an online autism seminar series in 2024, designed to inform families, clinicians and educators about the latest autism topics and research.
Held quarterly, the free online seminars will include presentations by leading autism experts on topics such as mental health, education and early therapies and supports.
CliniKids Director Professor Andrew Whitehouse - the Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism at Telethon Kids and The University of Western Australia - will deliver the first seminar — The autism landscape in 2024: Where are we, how did we get here, and where are we going? — on Thursday, February 29 (5-6pm AWST/ 8-9pm AEST).
Please register your details for the February seminar here.
Registration for the seminar is necessary to gain access to the webinar link. A recording of the presentation will be able to be viewed for up to a fortnight after the presentation by those who register.
If you would like to be kept informed of upcoming autism seminars in 2024, please register your details here.
We look forward to sharing the latest autism research with you soon!
We also offer a range of presentations and workshops about topics related to childhood development and supporting autistic children. These presentations are suitable for parents, educators and the wider community, and are delivered by our clinicians.