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    Autism What Is Autism? Within the sectionWhat is autism? About autism Fact Sheets Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Indicators of ASD in young children Home What is autism? What Is Autism? Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people. The word 'spectrum' describes the range of difficulties that people on the autism spectrum may experience and the degree to which they may be affected. Some people may be able to live relatively normal lives, while others may have an accompanying learning challenges and require continued specialist support. The main areas of difficulty are in social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests. People on the autism spectrum may also have: unusual sensory interests such as sniffing objects or staring intently at moving objects sensory sensitivities including avoiding everyday sounds and textures such as hair dryers, vacuum cleaners and sand intellectual impairment or learning difficulties An estimated one in 100 people has autism; that’s almost 230, 000 Australians. Autism affects almost four times as many boys than girls. For an interesting read on the perceived increase in the prevlence and/or diagnosis of Autism,  click here to read a Blog by Vicki Gibbs, Aspect National Manager of Research and Assessments.   Looking for more information? Download our quick guide to autism. Read More   “ What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done. ”— Temple Grandin Browse Related research Early intervention focus All research evidence supports that early intervention makes a significant difference for children with autism. Getting the news that your child has autism can be confronting, and families need help to be able to support their child, explains Aspect Senior Manager Early Intervention, Rachel Kerslake." Download Aspect Practice Conversations 5 newsletter and podcast which focuses on Early Intervention. No upcoming related events found. © 2018 Autism Spectrum
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    Autism Therapies & services Therapies & interventions Early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder: getting started 0-18 years A A Share  Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) benefit from early intervention – the earlier, the better. It’s important that you do as much as you can for your child, as soon as you can. But if you’re still reeling from a diagnosis, it can be hard to know where and how to start. Early intervention for autism spectrum disorder What to look for in an early intervention for autism spectrum disorder Getting started with early intervention service providers Choosing trustworthy early intervention service providers How to find out more about early intervention People living in National Disability Insurance Scheme roll out areas have different intervention and support options from those outside the roll out areas. If you live in a roll out area, your child will get early intervention through the NDIS. Early intervention for autism spectrum disorder Early intervention refers to doing things as early as possible to work on your child’s autism spectrum disorder (ASD) characteristics. Early intervention for children with ASD is made up of therapies or interventions and services. Therapies (also called interventions) are the programs or sessions aimed at helping your child’s development. Services are the places and organisations that offer these therapies. A service might offer one therapy or several types of therapies. Starting intervention as young as possible is most effective in helping the development of children with ASD. You can even get things started before your child has a formal diagnosis. For example, problems with communication are a big cause of tantrums and other difficult behaviour for children with ASD. If children can’t communicate their needs or understand others, they express themselves or get attention with difficult behaviour. But if they learn to communicate effectively as early as possible, they won’t need to behave like this quite so much. Another reason for starting early is that it can help children with early brain development – the brains of children with ASD develop differently from their peers. What to look for in an early intervention for autism spectrum disorder All therapies and services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should be family centred, well structured and based on good evidence. Here’s a list of things to look for when choosing an early intervention. The more of these things you find in a service the better, but not all interventions will do all these things. Family-centred  The intervention or service: includes family members so you can work alongside the professionals and learn how to help your child is flexible – it can be offered at home as well as in other settings like kindergartens and early intervention centres provides your family with support and guidance. Well-structured  The intervention or service: has staff who are specially trained in the intervention and services they provide develops an individual plan for your child and reviews the plan regularly monitors your child’s progress with regular assessments is highly structured, well organised, regular and predictable provides a supportive learning environment – your child feels comfortable and supported prepares and supports your child for the move to school enables contact between your child and typically developing children (ideally of the same age). Evidence-based  The intervention or service: is designed for children with ASD  focuses on developing attention, communication, listening, imitation, language and social skills includes strategies to help your child learn new skills and use them in different settings (sometimes called ‘generalising’ skills) identifies what the ‘purpose’ of a difficult behaviour is, and teaches your child more appropriate alternative behaviour to replace it. You can print out a checklist of these characteristics of a good early intervention service (PDF: 39kb). Other things to consider  Intensive early intervention for children with ASD is most effective. It’s not just about the hours, though – it’s also about the quality of those hours and how the therapy engages your child. It can be scary when you first find out what an early intervention therapy or service costs in time and money. Still, try not to panic. Instead try to focus on what you want for your child and your family. Learn all you can about the available options. How will they help your child? What will they cost in dollars and time? What funding is available to help cover these costs? Different children with ASD respond in different ways to interventions, so no single program will suit all children and their families.  Video Finding and starting early intervention for autism spectrum disorder In this short video, parents talk about finding and starting early intervention for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They share their experiences with interventions and tests. There are many excellent resources and interventions available, but these parents say it’s important to choose interventions based on scientific evidence. Getting started with early intervention service providers To begin with, find out all you can about your early intervention options. Three questions will help you get started: What did the professionals who diagnosed your child recommend? The assessment or diagnosis should help you understand your child’s current skills and possible gaps in skills or development. It should also include a treatment plan you can take to service providers. What relevant service providers are in your area? You can get a list of local services from your autism advisor. What do you know about the interventions these service providers offer? Learn more about types of interventions. Choosing trustworthy early intervention service providers The most important thing.... How to find out more about early intervention If you need more information about a service you’re considering, try the following: 936541055, +919008361473, 9738838733...