Our Publications and Research

Noah’s Ark’s recent published articles, policy papers, research projects and projects.

Alexander, S. (2016). Transdisciplinary Practice in Early Childhood Intervention. Noah’s Ark Inc. Malvern, Victoria.

Brereton, A & Bull, K. (2012). Autism Spectrum Disorders: Planning a successful transition to primary and secondary school. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: Melbourne.

Brereton, A & Bull, K. (2013). ASD: Planning a successful transition to early childhood education and care. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: Melbourne.

Brereton, A., & Bull, K. (2014). Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Preschool Years. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Victoria.

Bull, K., Brereton, A., & Tonge, B. (2012). Pervasive Developmental Disorders. In L. Newman & S. Mares (Eds.). Contemporary approaches to infant and child mental health. EP Publications: East Hawthorn, Victoria.

Brereton, A. & Bull, K. (2014). Autism Spectrum Disorders in Early Childhood Education and Care. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: Melbourne.

Forster, J. (2013). Intervention, Individualisation and Insurance: Who is the ‘I’ who will benefit? Noah’s Ark Inc. Malvern, Victoria.

Forster, J., & Alexander, S. (2013). The Key Worker: Resources for Early Childhood Intervention Professionals. ECII.

Forster, J. (2017). Development of Community based services for children with disabilities and their families. In Early Childhood Intervention: Working with Families of Young Children with Special Needs. Eds. Sukkar, Dunst & Kirby. Routledge. London

Moore, T., Symes, L., & Bull, K.  (2013). Strengthening Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Intervention Services: Background Paper. Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Tonge, B. J., Bull, K., Brereton, A., & Wilson, R. (2014). A review of evidence-based early intervention for behavioural problems in children with autism spectrum disorder: the core components of effective programs, child-focused interventions and comprehensive treatment models. Current opinion in psychiatry27(2), 158-165.

Velluci, D. (2016). Transdisciplinary Practice Position Paper. The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Ltd.

Webster, A., & Forster, J. (2012). Participating and Belonging: Inclusion in Practice. Noah’s Ark Inc. Malvern, Victoria

Webster, A. (2016).  Working in Early Childhood Settings: Self-reflection Tool, Noah’s Ark Inc. Malvern, Victoria.

2015-16
Australian Inclusion Support Consultancy Project

This project commenced in 2014.The project aims to clarify our understanding of how best to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early childhood education and care services in an Australian context.

The project is being conducted in the following stages:

  1. Consultation with educators and staff in children’s services in receipt of consultancy support services.
  2. Review of the Australian literature.
  3. Review of the international literature.
  4. Development of a Draft Australian Framework for Inclusion Consultancy.
  5. Pilot testing/action research to test the validity of the draft Framework.
  6. Publication of results.
  7. Implementation through online training.

The first two stages of the project are complete.  Stage 3 is currently underway.

 

2012-2015
The Transdisciplinary Key Worker

This research commenced in 2012 and has examined the parameters of the best practice transdisciplinary Key Worker approach to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI).

The research has examined the literature, developed a clear role for ECI professionals; determined what effective transdisciplinary practice looks like and what skills and qualities are important to look for and build in staff and teams and the structures that are required to support this way of working.

The findings of the research have been built into our Key Worker Online Course and are being factored into our future organisational planning.

2015-16
Australian Inclusion Support Consultancy Project

This project commenced in 2014.The project aims to clarify our understanding of how best to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early childhood education and care services in an Australian context.

The project is being conducted in the following stages:

  1. Consultation with educators and staff in children’s services in receipt of consultancy support services.
  2. Review of the Australian literature.
  3. Review of the international literature.
  4. Development of a Draft Australian Framework for Inclusion Consultancy.
  5. Pilot testing/action research to test the validity of the draft Framework.
  6. Publication of results.
  7. Implementation through online training.

The first two stages of the project are complete.  Stage 3 is currently underway.

 

2012-2015
The Transdisciplinary Key Worker

This research commenced in 2012 and has examined the parameters of the best practice transdisciplinary Key Worker approach to Early Childhood Intervention (ECI).

The research has examined the literature, developed a clear role for ECI professionals; determined what effective transdisciplinary practice looks like and what skills and qualities are important to look for and build in staff and teams and the structures that are required to support this way of working.

The findings of the research have been built into our Key Worker Online Course and are being factored into our future organisational planning.

 

2015
Children with ASD Online Training

This project is being undertaken for the Victorian Department of Education and Training and involves the development of a stand-alone online course for educators in early childhood services working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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