Lead Chief Investigator


School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle

Director UON Occupational Therapy Clinic,

Co-Director Priority Research Centre Grow Up Well

Associate Professor Alison Lane oversees the Alert project and is leading the subtyping methodology and outcome measurement of the research.

Making Sense of Autism

Occupational Therapist Associate Professor Alison Lane has identified specific sensory subtypes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder that relate to distinct neural profiles and patterns of challenging behaviour.

Alison's work is focused on investigating the sensory motor basis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically in children, and anchored on three simple but essential questions regarding how they react to sensory input.

Are sensory behaviours the same in all children with ASD?

If not, what causes differences?

And how might understanding differences affect the targeting of therapies?

Years of clinical occupational therapist practice in non-government, community and hospital settings informed Alison's understanding of the barriers to participation children with ASD face. 

Alison's full research profile can be found here.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), University of Queensland

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