Autism Support

Use this page to get an overview of the options available to you. Scroll through the sections, or click one of the jump-to links below to go straight to the area mentioned.

Harry's Story

For the first two years of his life Harry seemed to meet all the necessary milestones. He was walking at nine months and walking at 10 months, however the milestone he never met was sleeping through the night.

By age two and a half his parents knew that something wasn’t right with his lack of sleep, lack of speech and increasingly challenging behaviour issues. In their search for answers the family continued to push doctors for checks and tests to help their young son, ultimately resulting in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Read Harry’s full story

Autism and the NDIS

If you or your child has been diagnosed with autism you may be able to receive Government funded assistance and support services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The articles below explain more about NDIS and how to access the Scheme.

How to apply for NDIS funding

Who can help?

There are a number of professionals who can help you work through the different challenges of an autism diagnosis. They can help you to understand and adapt to the condition and also give you the tools and support to gain a variety of skills such as communication or social interactions, manage sensory input and manage behaviours.

Paediatricians

Paediatricians manage the health of children, including physical, behaviour and mental health issues. They diagnose and treat childhood illness, infections and disease.

Speech Therapists

Speech therapists work on smoothing out communication and swallowing difficulties in both children and adults.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists (OTs) help people of all ages gain or regain their confidence and independence in everyday life.

Plan Support

Support services to help you manage the planning and funding allocated under NDIS.

Support for people with autism

From getting help with early intervention, accessing respite care or learning important life skills, there is a wide range of support services available to help you if you are looking for assistance to manage day-to-day life with autism.

Childhood Supports

Early childhood intervention supports can help maximise your child's development and give them the skills to participate in daily activities.

Community Support

Being social and active in your community helps you to remain connected and is good for your wellbeing.

Education

Students with disability can access additional support at primary and high school through both internal and external services.

In-Home Support

Supports such as personal care, cleaning or nursing care to help look after you in your own home.

Autism related information articles

Here you’ll find a selection of information articles related to autism that have been published on Disability Support Guide to help you understand the condition or give further insight into getting the right supports.

A challenge for the whole family - Nat and Jess’ story

Caring for nearly four year old twin boys Cameron and Aydan, who were both diagnosed with varying levels of autism, d…

The roller coaster of an autism diagnosis - Harry’s story

“If there is a bigger word for overwhelming, then I would use it! Name an emotion and we experienced it… the roll…

What is Autism?

Autism, also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition affecting 1 in every…

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