ASD is an expression used to describe a group of disorders which includes autism, Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Children with ASD demonstrate deficits in the following areas:
It is important to note that individual differences mean that each child with ASD will present with their own unique set of patterns for communication, social skills and behaviour, but overall will meet the diagnostic criteria for ASD.
Children diagnosed with ASD benefit from a range of early intervention programs, individualised for their specific needs. These include social skills training, help in the reduction of problem behaviours, assistance in improving motor and communication skills and encouraging the development of positive behaviour patterns, particularly in social situations.
Michelle Morris is on the Australian Psychological Society’s Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Identified Practitioner’s List. She is also qualified to provide services under the Helping Children With Autism Package. This enables eligible children to receive rebatable Medicare sessions, including up to four assessment related sessions, following a referral from a Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. In addition, up to twenty sessions of early intervention treatment are also available for eligible children. More information can be found at http://www.health.gov.au
If you would like further information about ASD or wish to make an appointment to discuss concerns regarding your child, please call Resilient Kids on (07) 3902 1973.