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Information about autism and supports

This page has an overview of information relating to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, and consumer stories from people with autism explaining how they use supports.

It is a good place to start if you or your child have a diagnosis of autism, are waiting for a diagnosis, or simply want to explore the other options that are out there in terms of supports.

By scrolling through the articles below you can learn more about autism, the wide range of support services available and how National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding might help.

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At the end of the topics is a section showing the professionals and providers that can help with supports.

Following that is a list of more guides to the types of support available and a preview of some of the other articles related to autism that can be found on our website.

Popular Autism Articles

Autism, also referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition affecting 1 in every 100 people within Australia.

Not every child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will rock back and forth, avoid eye contact or line their toys up in a structured row. Every child on the autism spectrum will present with different challenges, some more obvious than others.

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.

Someone with autism may experience social communication issues and repetitive patterns of behaviour, generally these can be broken up into three levels of severity. Autism is a complex spectrum disorder that can cause social and behavioural problems. It is considered to be a spectrum disorder as it is experienced differently for each person.

Finding and maintaining paid employment is one of life’s greatest milestones. It can help you make new friends, develop and build on valuable life skills, contribute to the community and find a purpose. There are supports available to help people with autism through their employment journey.

Starting school, whether primary or secondary, can be daunting for any child but especially for children or young adults living with autism spectrum disorder. With lots of new changes, routines and people, your child may feel anxious and overwhelmed.

Every person with autism is different. There are many myths and stereotypes associated with autism and it’s important to know what’s real and what isn’t. Here, we debunk some common myths about people with autism.

For the first two years of his life Harry seemed to meet all the necessary milestones. He was walking at nine months and talking 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.

Visiting the dentist can be a source of anxiety for many people, but for someone living with autism or sensory sensitivities, the experience can be particularly overwhelming.