Professional in the field of autism with over 15 years of experience of working in public, academic and third sector organisations. Following the closure of Autism Treatment Trust in 2013, I continued the work of delivering a range of early interventions in Autism, helping and empowering families to achieve optimal outcomes. I called the company I set up to do this work Autism Treatment Plus as I felt sure that even more could be done.
The objectives of this company are to assist families of children with autism to have access to diagnosis, educational and behavioural services, provide assistance in communication and development of a health care plan. Construct collaborative partnerships with a range of stakeholders, professionals and academics to assist in the delivery of services.
I have an expertise in autism, diagnosis, interventions, training, research and evaluation. My work has led me to engage nationally and internationally with professionals, people with autism and families across multi-ethnic groups.
I have also worked for 3 years with two Scottish Local authorities, planning and delivering the Autism Strategy for Clackmannanshire and Stirling. In this role, I have initiated the development novel and innovative approaches, including development and use of Apps, website, films, social media & online surveys.The autism strategy work achieved a Gold COSLA Excellence Award in October 2016.
My background includes a PhD in biological sciences from Oxford University, eight years of post-doctoral research work at Princeton University in the US and Edinburgh University, and Master in Special Education Autism from Birmingham University. I also recently received the Autism Trainer Award accredited by Scottish Autism.
Areas of expertise:
• Diagnosis and laboratory testing to identify changes in physiology of people with autism.
• Clinical and nutritional interventions and clinical research trials.
• Development of more sensitive and faster diagnostic and monitoring tools in autism (Eye Tracking technology).
• Special Education in Autism.
• Assisting in the development and access to novel technologies for improving learning and communication of individuals with autism (e.g. tablet interphase learning, FastForWord), facilitating access to interventions such as Applied Behaviour Analysis and Verbal Behaviour.
Highlight publications in autism
Book on Autism Interventions, Dr Corinne Skorupka et Dr Lorène Amet. Editions Mosaïque-Santé (Oct 2014), Autism on peut on guérir. Now out of print, 2nd edition due in May 2017.
Amet , L. E., Hornig, M. , Antonucci, N, Herbert, M, Snape, M, Stejskal, V, and D. Siniscalo. Changing the course of autism: The Science and Intervention. Autism Open Access (2014) Jan 10;2(1):1.
Amet L Holiday, What Holiday? Vacation Experiences of Children with Autism and Their Families. Autism (2013) vol .3: 123. doi:10.4172/2165-7890.1000123.
Amet, L. E. Assessing cognition in autism: Implications for the clinical, research and educational fields. Thesis submitted for the Master of Special Education Autism Children (2010). Birmingham University.
Amet, L. E. & Line, P., “Autism Syndromes: Clinical issues behind the label.”Brit.Med.J. (2010), vol. 340, p. c1127.
Amet, L.”Prevalence and Functional Analysis of Self Injurious Behaviours in Autism: Underlying Clinical and Pain Issues – Implications for Behaviour Management Strategies. (2008) Conference Proceedings- Autism Research Centre.
Amet, L. E. Critical evaluation of Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) biomedical intervention in autism; a parent perspective.”, Medical Veritas, (2006) vol. 3, pp. 1-11.
Amet, L.E. Detailed assessment of communication skills of a child with autism, a parent perspective, Good Autism Practice (2006) vol. 6: 57-70.
Nataf R, Skorupka C, Amet L, Lam A, Springbett A, Lathe R. Porphyrinuria in childhood autistic disorder: implications for environmental toxicity. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. (2006) Jul 15;214(2):99-108.