Autism Awareness Month 2024

Autism spectrum disorder, commonly known as ASD, affects how people communicate and interact with others. It affects how they make sense of the world.

Autism is a developmental condition that is typically life-long. People with autism experience difficulties with communication, social interaction and restricted/repetitive interests and behaviours. These are often accompanied by sensory issues, such an oversensitivity or under sensitivity to sounds, smells or touch. All of these difficulties may lead to behavioural challenges in some individuals.

If your child has just received a diagnosis of autism, then you might be comforted to know that there is financial assistance available from both state and federal governments.

Early intervention is a term that means starting therapeutic interventions as soon as possible. For autism, early intervention means specialised support for young children.

Its aim is to promote the development of the child, helping them learn the skills that they need.

Early intervention for autism should start as soon as possible. For some children this might mean starting at 12 months old, for others it might be five years old. The main thing is to get started as soon as issues with development are noticed. A diagnosis is not required for early intervention support.

The key to a happy and successful experience is developing a partnership between the different people involved in your child’s health and wellbeing. Try to foster and encourage a positive and supportive communication channel between your early therapists, your child’s school and any other formal and informal supports.

We can help! Contact us today to get in touch with one of our friendly therapists.