Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 1 in 70 Australians. Autism impacts a persons’ thinking, feeling, language, learning, and relationships. This commonly presents as problems with communication, learning, and social interactions.
Autism is also a spectrum disorder. Because of this, no two individuals with autism present exactly the same. For this reason, autism interventions need to be tailored and comprehensive. Tailored interventions ensure that your loved one receives the right supports, for the right reason, at the right time in their life. A comprehensive intervention ensures support across all developmental domains.
Repetitive behaviours and sensory sensitivities are also common signs of autism. If you are concerned about a child’s behaviour or development, check out our Red Flags Chart (which lists common indicators) and talk to your GP.
It’s also important to know that autism affects the whole family. Initially following diagnosis your focus will be on supporting your child. It will be on getting help to meet their developmental needs. But you will also need support. We highly recommend that parents and carers use our free resources. Download our How to Implement an ABA Training Program booklet. Watch our ABA videos. Listen to our podcasts. And importantly, enrol in a parent training course. All of these resources will upskill you to better support and communicate with your child. They will aid understanding of why your child thinks (and acts) in particularly ways. We also recommend you become an organisation member. Our annual membership provides access to ABA Connect, an online platform listing Australian ABA therapists and providers. Members also receive discounts on ABA training and events.