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.

The roller coaster of an autism diagnosis - 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.

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.

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.

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

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Speech Therapists

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

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Occupational Therapists

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

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Plan Support

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

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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.

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Childhood Supports

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

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Community Support

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

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

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In-Home Support

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

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What is a Quiet Room?

Sometimes events, travel and sports games can become very overwhelming for a person with a sensory disability. With a…

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Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Therapy

Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Therapy is one of the most commonly used early interventions for children with ASD…

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Sharon’s story - a journey of ups and downs, reaching great heights

Sharon’s journey with her now adult son Lee and teenage daughter Keeley, both diagnosed with autism, has been abou…

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Understanding the different levels of autism

Someone with autism may experience social communication issues and repetitive patterns of behaviour, generally these …

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