COULD MY CHILD HAVE AUTISM? UNDERSTANDING AUTISM
STORY Autism Queensland
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong disability which affects individuals in different ways. From mild to severe cases, difficulties with communication and social interaction, repetitive behaviours and obsessive compulsions are common symptoms.
Identifying Autism by 18 months can make a huge difference to a child’s ability to live the best life they can in the future. And choosing a service which has all the support your child needs for their condition can really help them in the long run.
Consider these factors when thinking about a care provider for your child:
•• Early Childhood Intervention. Does the provider support young children to develop the skills necessary for successful participation in home and community life and successful transition into the next stage of their education?
•• Individual Therapy. Does the provider offer speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, psychology for children, adolescents and adults? This could include assessment and intervention for meal time challenges, anxiety, toileting, social skills, daily living skills, motor and play skills, sensory processing and much more.
•• Group programs. For school-aged children and adolescents, some providers offer shorter programs run during term times and school holidays to help with anxiety, social skills, behaviour and communication skills.
•• School Advisory Visits and Specialist Programs.
If your child has been diagnosed with ASD and you’re looking for support, consider an all-in-one provider who can cater to your child’s needs across a range of areas.