Rhylee Sulek

Rhylee Sulek

Research Assistant, The Hopkins Centre, Griffith University 

What is your general research or work expertise?
Much of my research work to date has involved evaluation of intervention outcomes for children on the autism spectrum. I also have experience in developmental assessments, the management of large scale data bases, as well broader project and research management.

What is your current area of interest/ what current research do you have at the moment?
I currently work with the Child, Health, Learning and Disability (CHLD) Network alongside a group of allied health researchers from Griffith University. Our work aims to support developmentally vulnerable children in achieving a happy and healthy start to life. Within this work, my particular research interests are in ensuring a successful transition to school and promoting inclusion in education settings.

What was your employment experience prior to becoming a researcher?
Prior to becoming a researcher I was working at a local early intervention service supporting children on the autism spectrum to acquire skills and get ready for the transition to school.

What inspires you in your work?
While working in the early intervention service I made connections with some beautiful families. Watching them experience uncertainty around leaving the centre to move to school, and not knowing whether their child’s teacher would be equipped to support them in the classroom has really driven me in my work. I want every family to be confident that their child is going to be supported, and every child to be able to access the same learning opportunities as their peers.

What is something people would find surprising about you?
I’m afraid of heights but go rock climbing for fun.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?
Camping and climbing when the weather permits with my other half, snuggling my very old and grumpy dogs, and playing with my beautiful nieces.

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