Autism is individual. So we deliver personalised services and support as individual as you.
What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way someone views the world and interacts with others.
Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that there are a number of different ways in which autism might present. The characteristics of autism vary from one person to another, but some characteristics commonly displayed by people with autism include:
- Difficulty communicating, initiating and/or sustaining conversations
- Difficulty interacting with others and developing friendships
- Difficulty reading non-verbal cues and communication
- Delayed language development
- Repetitive and obsessive behaviours
- Self-stimulatory behaviours such as hand flapping, spinning or head-banging
- Highly focused interest in topics or items
- Preference for routines and a dislike of change
- Hyper or hyposensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours
There are also certain mental health and medical issues that frequently accompany autism, such as anxiety and phobias, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep disturbances, seizures and gastrointestinal disorders.
Autism in children
Autism in children cannot be definitively diagnosed until around 18 to 24 months, however symptoms tend to emerge between 12 and 18 months, and sometimes from as early as 9 months.
Autism can be hard to detect in babies and young children, but some signs can include:
- No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by 9 months
- No babbling or back-and-forth gestures, or these behaviours have stopped by 12 months
- A loss of language or social skills at any age
Signs may be present from birth in some children, whereas others may seem to develop typically until development backtracks and symptoms begin to show (usually between 18 to 36 months).
If any of the above characteristics of autism are present in your child, we encourage you to make an appointment with your child’s doctor. Early diagnosis helps people with autism and their families understand why they experience certain difficulties and differences, and what they can do about them.
A diagnosis also enables access to services and support at an earlier age. Research has proven that early intervention can significantly reduce the impact of autism on a child’s development and help grow their potential.
How we can help
Our qualified therapists and support staff provide comprehensive services for children and adults with autism.
Support can include:
- Autism assessments
- Behaviour support services
- Support for development of daily living skills
- Social skill programs and support for community participation
- Provision of assistive technology and equipment
- A support network for parents, families and carers
- Advice, autism-specific resources and referral to other services
How we work
Our therapy teams work collaboratively to deliver evidence-based therapy services that help people with disabilities achieve their goals in life.
Service delivery is flexible and tailored to the unique needs of each individual, their family and carers.
Our services can be accessed through a range of funding options. We can help you find out if you’re eligible and provide further information about the options available.