What is autism?
Autism is classified by the American Psychiatric Association as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder. It is defined by symptoms usually appearing before the age of three, which can affect your child’s development in three main areas:
Autism is different for everyone; this is why it is approached as a spectrum (Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD). Every person with this diagnosis has individual strengths and challenges, so it is important that your child’s treatment and intervention are tailored to meet their unique needs and circumstances.
Living with autism is a lifelong journey that has its ups and downs, which can make it challenging and rewarding at the same time. This might sound daunting, but we assure you that there is hope, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
Early intervention is key. Children’s brains are more receptive to learning, and the neural pathways necessary for developing language and cognitive skills are more intact. This means that, with effective intervention and support at an early age, your child can develop essential skills that will help them to lead functional, happy, and productive lives.
What is ABA and how does it work?
While there have been and continue to be many new treatments for autism, Applied Behaviour Analysis, or ABA, is widely recognised as the leading, evidence-based methodology to deliver positive results and improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.
Simplified into manageable steps, ABA consists of an education curriculum that supports you and your family to teach your child new skills while encouraging positive behaviour. Our approach will be customised to fit the unique needs of your child and family, and delivered in common environments such as home, school, and the local community.
What is EAI?
Early Autism Intervention is a modern ABA program by Capital Region Community Services. Our principal consultant, Fiona Jackson has over 20 years of experience delivering ABA services in the Capital Region. Fiona and her exceptional team of passionate and experienced professionals, work closely with children in one-to-one sessions that are designed to maximise learning time and provide positive outcomes for learners and their families.
What makes this program different is that the main focus is on your child’s success. Their program will be individualised according to their specific needs, with family participation actively encouraged. Our high levels of experience enable us to work collaboratively with other professionals and achieve positive outcomes for your child and family.
Although Early Autism Intervention recommends the Intensive program to provide an opportunity for your child to realise their maximum potential in life, non-intensive programs, and the provision of support strategies to address difficult behaviour and encourage positive alternatives, are also available.
CRCS is an organisation dedicated to providing services to young people, children, families, older people, people living with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people from non-English speaking backgrounds in the Capital Region.
Our purpose is to create inclusive and connected communities, and we do this by supporting our community with high-quality, child-safe, and inclusive programs (such as the Early Autism Intervention Program) led by an amazing team of employees and volunteers.
You can learn more about our work by visiting www.crcs.com.au
Our main emphasis is on delivering fun, exciting learning sessions so that your child is willing and eager to learn. Our approach is through a combination of structured and incidental learning. We teach your child to generalise their new skills as early as possible and use them in a natural and functional way across everyday situations. It is through this approach we help your child integrate into mainstream environments such as early childhood centres, classes at school, the local community, and more.
1. Initial Readiness: Learning to pay attention, imitate, and cooperate with instructions.
2. Language: Learning verbal communication including speech, conversation, and social language.
3. Social skills and peer interaction: Learning non-verbal and verbal skills for interaction and play one step at a time.
4. Continuous supervision: We want to ensure that all aspects of the program are running smoothly and kept up to date.
Are you ready to schedule a consultation or simply have a chat? We would love to hear your story and work with you on this journey!