What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a group of neuro-biological disorders that include Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
ASD affects the way a person:
- Communicates with others
- Socialises with others
- Processes information from his/her senses
- Responds and adapts to his/her environment.
These characteristics often lead to behaviours such as:
- Rigid adherence to routines
- Fixations on objects or topics (restricted interests)
- Repetitive behaviours.
ASD can have a profound and complicated impact on the most apparently simple everyday activities.
How is Autism Spectrum Disorder assessed and diagnosed?
Gateways has an expert team that works in collaboration with the child's paediatrician to undertake Autism Assessments, which are used to diagnose whether or not a child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Diagnosing a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder involves three stages: Screening; Assessment; and, Feedback and Report.
The assessment team uses information gathered from parents, doctors, therapists and teachers, as well as their own observations in the child's home/kindergarten/childcare, and during the formal assessment . The assessment is a play-based, standardised session.
A diagnosis is formulated after consultation with the child's paediatrician. Families are then given feedback about the diagnosis.
Who can I turn to for help?
Gateways provides many programs that help families gain the skills and resources they need to suit their individual circumstances. This approach, combined with early intervention programs, helps achieve maximum outcomes for the child and family, and promotes positive inclusion in their community.
What Autism Spectrum Disorder services does Gateways provide?
Gateways has an established, expert team of psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and early intervention teachers, who work with families with a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them identify and access the services and support they need.
Services provided by Gateways include: Autism Assessments; Early Intervention Services including educational, behaviourial, occupational and speech therapy; the Autism Early Learning Program (AELP); Autism Playgroups; the Kindergarten Inclusion Support Service; respite; and, support programs for parents. Read more about these in Our Programs.
Gateways also provides services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative.
autismhelp.info is a website developed by Gateways to provide practical strategies for parents, teachers, childcare workers, integration aids and health professional. Information can be easily downloaded from this website.
What is www.autismhelp.info?
Gateways developed www.autismhelp.info to increase awareness of ASD, and to provide practical strategies and resources to benefit preschool, primary and secondary teachers, childcare workers, integration aids, health professionals and more.
When visiting www.autismhelp.info please look at the 'Downloads' section where you will find invaluable tips on a huge range of topics including: behaviour management; sensory issues; social interaction; and, communication. There are Fact Sheets relating to preschoolers, primary school-aged children, and adolescents.