ABA Study

This study is reaching out to people who have gone through ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) programmes or similar, to provide actual lived-experience feedback. Open to international participants. Please email Prof Terry Cummings directly.

Please do consider joining. I understand that many of you may have PTSD associated with this and it will be very difficult and even traumatic to re-visit, but it is important that your experiences be made known.

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UNSW, Sydney, Australia

Invitation to Participate in Research

Applied Behavioural Analysis: The social validity of an evidence-based practice

Researchers at UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about what people with disabilities think about their current and past experiences with Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and its practices, such as functional behavioural assessment, reward systems, and social skills training.


Would the research study be a good fit for me?

The study might be a good fit for you if:

  • You have an intellectual disability, autism, or emotional/behavioural disability.
  • During school or private therapy, you experienced instruction in the area of social skills, communication, or behaviour that was combined with the use of rewards, such as stickers, points, treats, or other prizes for giving correct answers or following the instructions of a teacher or therapist.


What would happen if I took part in the research study?

If you decide to take part, you would have the choice of:

Be interviewed for about 30 minutes by a researcher about your experiences, OR

Complete an online survey that will take between 30-60 minutes. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LNG6Y53

Will I be paid to take part in the research study?

There are no additional costs associated with participation in this research study, however, you will be paid $20 for your time in the form of a gift card.

Who do I contact if I want more information or want to take part in the study?

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the study, please contact:

Name: Terry Cumming

Email: t.cumming@unsw.edu.au

Phone:(02)9385 1944

This research has been reviewed and approved by the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee HC reference number HC180231



Snoösphere 2017 in Singapore!


Snoösphere, 2017

Snoösphere 2017 is coming to Singapore!

Calling for autistic participants to join us in this exciting project. We need your feedback and advice!

As part of our Australia-Singapore alliance / inter-city collaboration, Team Snoösphere will be in Singapore to meet with Singaporean autistics for consultative sessions.

What: Expeditions to Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, between 27-29 April.

Who: Autistic persons of all ages, speaking and/or non-speaking.

How: Please contact Dr. Dawn-joy Leong (dawnjoy@mac.com) to register interest, and for more information.

More about Snoösphere 2017 here.


Thinking Through The Body – a multimodal approach from autism

Paper presented at the International Conference for Research Creativity: Praxis, Baptist University of Hong Kong, 21-23 November 2012.



How should the artist approach practice and research without becoming so overly abstract that the grounded, proprioceptive concreteness of art becomes mired inside oppressive, draconian intellectualism? The reciprocal processes of researching artistic practice and practicing artistic research require actively synergetic, symbiotic sensory and cognitive engagement, the interaction and inter-reaction of the bodily senses with theoretical, philosophical insight and invention.

Sensorial contemplation, that is, “thinking through the body,” is an inherent trait of Autism Spectrum Condition. How do autistic sensory, proprioceptive and cognitive idiosyncrasies affect creative motivation and process? May the model of autism inspire a fresh perspective for research and praxis? As an artist with Autism Spectrum Condition, the aims of my paper are to provide an ‘insider’ view of how sensory and cognitive idiosyncrasy shape my creativity, and using the autistic body-mind model, suggest an alternative milieu for creating visionary collaborative research, and mutually empathic platforms. Continue reading