All our psychologists are members of the Australian Psychological
Society and our practitioners are fully qualified professionals
Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name given to describe the wide range of behaviours found within the autistic population. Children with an ASD tend to withdraw from interacting in the world and typically have deficits in three key areas:
Verbal and non-verbal communication such as:
At one end of the Autism spectrum there are individuals with early infantile autism, childhood autism or Kanner’s autism who are highly affected and have moderate to severely impaired communication skills, social interaction skills and learning abilities. At the other end of the spectrum there are individuals with Asperger’s disorder or high functioning autism. These individuals are least affected with regards to communication and cognitive development yet can be equally impaired socially and imaginatively. Individuals with Asperger’s disorder and high functioning autism generally have reasonable communication skills and average to high intelligence and learning abilities.
Although the treatment of autism varies with each individual there are core elements that will assist a child with ASD and their family. These include behavioural interventions to modify Autistic behaviours therefore helping the child learn functional communication skills, adaptive living skills as well as providing family support. It is also important to give the child exercises that promote brain activity such as reading, play and speech therapy.