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Manager, Research Development; PhD Candidate


Sarah Pillar is the Research Development Manager at CliniKids, at the Telethon Kids Institute. Her role revolves around the intersection between clinical and research work - getting research into clinical practice, and shaping clinical questions into research projects.

Sarah is a Speech Pathologist by background and she developed a passion for supporting autistic children and their families through working directly with families in metropolitan and country WA. She is an ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale) trainer.

Sarah has been involved in a number of research projects at Telethon Kids Institute, including research into pre-emptive intervention for babies, which supports the development of social-communication skills in the first year of life. Sarah was also a member of the team that developed Australia's first National Guideline for Supporting Autistic Children in Australia.

In 2019, Sarah illustrated a children’s book, bringing to life the words and experiences of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Titled: Sometimes I Find it Hard to Move my Body.