Avril Brereton

Dr Avril Brereton, PhD

Avril is an Early Childhood/ Special Educator and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology. She has worked in the field of autism for over thirty years in a variety of settings. She has research and teaching interests in the area of developmental psychiatry with a particular focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders and behavioural and emotional disturbance in children and adolescents with intellectual disability. Relevant publications over the past 10 years include: 10 books/book chapters; 76 papers/articles; 5 training manuals and videos, including Autism in the Preschool Years; ASDs: Planning a successful transition to school and 40 invited addresses. She is co-author of the book Preschoolers with Autism: A parent education and skills training programme (Jessica Kingsley Press) and developed the Autism Screening Algorithm of the Developmental Behaviour Checklist, an instrument which assesses behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents with developmental delay.

Previous positions include: Principal Kingsgrove School for Children with Autism (Sydney, NSW). Director of the Monash Autism Assessment Program, Southern Health, responsible for public sector autism assessments in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne and Gippsland. Director of the Government of Victoria, Autism Secondary Consultation and Training Strategy (ACT NOW) which for eight years built skills and capacity to enable regional early childhood intervention services to better identify ASDs in at risk young children and provide a more integrated range of evidence based early interventions for these children and their families. Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital International teaching programme in Vietnam. Journal reviewer for: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, International Journal of Autism: Research and Practice and Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Content reviewer for the Commonwealth of Australia Raising Children Network website.

Avril currently provides consultation to community health, education and welfare agencies and educational workshops for parents and professionals. She is a registered provider with the FaCHSIA Helping Children with Autism programme.



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