Robyn Young's interest in autism began while studying savants as part of her PhD in Savant Syndrome. This work became the subject of an ABC documentary titled Uncommon Genius. She went on to develop a screening tool for Autistic Disorder suitable for use in children as young as 12 months of age. This tool, known as the Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC; ACER, 2007), clearly operationalises early behaviours indicative of autism. Together with colleagues at Flinders University she has developed an intervention program called SPECTRA (ACER, 2009). Her work has now turned to older persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Specifically she is interested in why persosn with ASD may become unwittingly involved in crime.
Flinders Best Student Paper Award - DEC 2014
Playford Young Citizen of the Year - JAN 2013
Flinders Best Student Paper Award - FEB 2012
3 Minute Thesis University Finalist - AUG 2012
3 Minute Thesis University Finalist - AUG 2014
Autism, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
One Hour Documentary with the ABC - "Uncommon Genius"
The film secured a budget of $250,000 and has sold rights to the Discovery Channel. My role involved writing an initial proposal, liaising with researchers and script writers and approaching savants to participate. On screen I am the main presenter. I also had editorial input.
Regular consults in the Media (e.g., Today Tonight, Catalyst, radio).
My work with lawyers and victims of crime involves liaising with other professionals, making referrals if required, and often validating or not reports of other professionals. I have written many medico-legal reports and my expert opinion has been sought in many legal matters including Fitness to Plead assessments.
Presentations and Charity Work
I regularly present at interest and charity group meetings such as Rotary meetings and give workshops and training sessions regarding autism intervention and diagnosis.
Autism Diagnostic Assessments
I am a recognised diagnostician with Autism SA and involved with the Autism SA Professional Practice Committee.