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Helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted on Jul 05, 2016 | Kristin McGuckin Print Friendly and PDF



It can be very daunting and overwhelming to discover that your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This is a catch-all term for a developmental disorder that includes possible difficulties with a child or adult’s communication and social interactions, as well as exhibiting specific and restrictive behaviours, interests and activities. Although there is no cure for ASD, behavioural therapies, language support and counselling can offer positive outcomes for families dealing with Autism and related issues surrounding the spectrum of disorders.

For people with ASD, the world can be a very confusing place, where they often experience a lack of understanding of social conventions and thus have difficulty communicating with others. This can lead to negative reactions to situations, where we see children screaming, yelling, crying and throwing tantrums. These reactions can be the result of overload of sensory information, misunderstanding what is being communicated, or changes to their routine. These outbursts are often due to their autism, and not a reflection on parenting or due to ‘naughty’ behaviour. With professional advice and guidance, parents can learn effective strategies to support their child.

At click therapy, we use a range of evidence-based therapies to help children with ASD reach their full potential. Psychology often focuses on practical strategies to help parents foster positive home environments, anxiety or issues related to childcare, kindergarten or school. Speech Therapy focuses on improving a child’s communication and social skills. We also offer social skills groups to support children to develop the tools they need to play with others and make friends. In Food School, we can help expand the diets of ‘fussy eaters’ or children with restricted diets. We encourage creative solutions to issues that your child may be having, for example, using headphones during car trips to cope with sensory overload.

We encourage you to book an appointment at click therapy, as our trained and experienced psychologists and speech pathologist can offer ongoing support to both the child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family in the above areas. We are able to provide services under the Helping Children with Autism Initiative (HCWA), other funding options are also available.



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