The program commences with a comprehensive assessment to address the needs of each child/adolescent. It brings together the combined clinical expertise of our trans-disciplinary team into a single Intervention Plan developed with the family and integrating NDIS goals.
Priority areas are developed to support maximum participation and inclusion across the environments in which the child/adolescent participates and may include:
Direct therapy is delivered by a range of allied health professionals, including: Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists.
Therapy is delivered at home, school or in our specialist centres and includes parent/carer involvement.
Therapists provide school visits to maximise school participation and inclusion. Therapists provide direct therapy, classroom observations and consultation.
Our therapists can work with the adolescent to plan career pathways to support successful transition from high school to university/TAFE, employment, alternatives to employment and community or recreational activities.
Therapists plan, design and implement individualised behaviour support plans where this is required in addition to the Individual Plan. This includes monitoring and ongoing review of the behaviour support plan in consultation with the family and other community/school supports.
Small groups are run by therapists together with therapy assistants and include: social skills groups, selfcare groups, fitness groups, anxiety management groups. Children/Adolescents are matched to groups according to their goal areas and individual needs. Groups are afterschool or during holidays and typically consist of 8 x 1.5 hour sessions.
Find out about our highly popular small-group therapy programs, designed to develop identified skills in a welcoming and encouraging way.
Therapists provide parents with information and materials relating to ASD throughout the year. Specialist visual resources are prepared and implemented across home/school and community environments to assist the individual’s independence, communication and social participation.
A wide range of group training workshops are delivered by therapists for parents. Training workshops are developed to support generalisation of goal areas across the environments in which the child/adolescent participates. Direct training, webinars/online training is available to suit the individual needs of each family. A number of parent workshops are provided throughout the year at no cost to families.
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Additional Intensive Family workshops can also be accessed using your funding.
Your child’s school can express their interest in specialist training for supporting students with Autism in the classroom. Please see the training section on our website.
In addition to our Therapy Packages, we have a number of short term, specialist therapy services outlined below:
The Autism Association’s trans-disciplinary team approach enables us to draw on the strengths of therapists from different professional backgrounds. Our team are passionate and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with Autism and their families.
We meet with the person with Autism, their family and other important people in their life to discuss the goals that are important to them. Together we develop a Plan that outlines the best way to achieve these goals.
One Team member is given the role of key therapist. The key therapist is responsible for collaborating with the person’s support networks and is the direct contact for the person with Autism and their family.
The Autism Association’s Therapy and Clinical Services Team includes:
Team members are skilled in supporting people with Autism and their families and receive extensive and ongoing professional development. Services are best practice and based on leading national and international peer-reviewed research in the field of Autism.