Autism Intervention

There are many facets to intervention for the autism spectrum disorders.  These in part depend on the age of the client and their own profile.  We base our therapies on your child’s individual profile, we aim to highlight their strengths and build up their areas of weakness.

Early intervention preschool is focussed on supporting families, skill building, play therapy, building connectedness to others, behavioural intervention, emotions regulation and developing language and communication.

For the primary school ages we will focus on social connectedness, communication, anxiety, behaviour and start creating independence.

In the secondary school years we will focus on relationships, social interactions, anxiety, emotions, sexuality, puberty and development, creating independence and safety in the outside world.

For adults we will work on anxiety, social connectedness, managing workplaces, relationships and difficulties with routines and sleep.

Group intervention and social skill building are included on the group page.

Many forms of therapy are available depending on the age of the client, though there are many common needs through the development of the individual.  For example anxiety is a common theme throughout the life of a person with autism.  We will use a combination of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), mindfulness and behavioural intervention to help manage anxiety with a different focus over the different ages.

In psychology intervention includes:

  • Social Thinking
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Behavioural intervention
  • Mindfulness
  • Play therapy
  • DIR Floortime
  • Social stories
  • Comic strip conversations
  • Parent education and parents as therapists
  • Plus a range of other forms of intervention

In speech pathology intervention includes:

  • Increase utterances,
  • Increase word frequency
  • Increase sentence length
  • Grammar
  • Articulation
  • Conversational speech
  • Hanen – More than words
  • Social Thinking
  • Group social skills

In occupational therapy intervention includes:

  • Sensory profile
  • Sensory diet
  • Sensory integration/regulation
  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills and core body strength
  • Parent education