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This website has been created for you, the parent or carer of a child under 7 years of age with autism (or Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD]), to help you make informed decisions about interventions for your child. This includes children with Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder or PDD-NOS.

We know from research in Australia and overseas that from the point of diagnosis, many parents turn to the Internet for information about autism. The Internet contains a massive volume of pages available on the subject. It has information about a large number of intervention choices for managing symptoms of autism.

This website aims to help parents of children recently diagnosed with autism to understand the intervention options for their child’s needs. The interventions mentioned on this website have been chosen because evidence from research studies suggest that these interventions can help children with autism.

The aim of this website is to:

  • Help you to better understand intervention options available for your child
  • Provide you with a list of options that could potentially be a good fit for your child’s needs and your goals for him or her
  • Help to better understand the likely outcomes for available interventions, and
  • Find out more about the risks and benefits of different options, including what will happen if you choose no intervention for your child.

This information does not replace advice and recommendations made by a qualified health/education professional. It is important that you discuss all your options with your treating doctor or health/education professional.

Click here for questions to ask your health/ early intervention provider.

Does this website have all the answers?

Autism is complex. Each child will have different needs and respond differently to interventions. While the interventions mentioned on this site are supported by research evidence, this does not guarantee that your child will respond in the same way as any children previously tested in the research studies. For some children there may be less benefit from the interventions. For others, there may be more; and for others, no benefit at all.

This website does not include all possible options for helping a child with autism. The interventions chosen for this website are based on those recommended in the 2012 Guidelines for Good Practice. These guidelines were commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

Where can I find more information?

In the sidebar, you will find links to more information about autism services in Australia. If your child has not been diagnosed with autism but you have concerns about them, contact your state-based agency or GP who may then refer you to a developmental paediatrician.

What do I do now?

Are you ready to read some information to help you make some decisions? Complete the questionnaire via this link to obtain a list of interventions that you can explore further. To see the full list of interventions, click here.

References:

Prior, M & Roberts, J. (2012), Early Intervention for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: “Guidelines for Good Practice” 2012.
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/11_2012/early_intervention_practice_guidlines.pdf

Prior, M. Roberts, J. M.A. Rodger, S. Williams, K.& Sutherland, R.(2011). A review of the research to identify the most effective models of practice in early intervention of children with autism spectrum disorders. Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Australia.
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/09_2012/review_of_the_research_report_2011_0.pdf

Roberts, J. M. A. & Prior, M. (2006) A review of the research to identify the most effective models of practice in early intervention of children with autism spectrum disorders, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Australia.