23 January 2020
ASDESI is more than just vacation care! “An engaging school holiday program offering a variety of activities and learning experiences for young people ages 6 – 18 years old with ASD and their siblings.”
Interchange Australia’s ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub has been developed to assist young people both on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities learn important socialisation and communication skills in a fun, friendly and educational environment where they have the opportunity to visit new places and experience new things in a social setting that they might normally find overwhelming. The skills learned through our program can be transferred to their everyday lives and help set these children up to succeed.
Many of these children do not cope as well in regular group settings and it is our qualified and highly experienced support staff who know how to effectively manage behaviours and encourage positive engagements amongst the children in this program. The ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub has been running for several years now and has seen some great success stories amongst its participants, learning to effectively communicate with their peers and manage their emotions in a positive manner.
The ASDESI program has continued to grow over the years and will now see the next holiday program in April 2020 run from the much larger Springett House in Burradoo. This is fabulous news for the ASDESI kids, as this opens a window of opportunities for cooking, horticulture and so much more.
On Thursday 23rd January 2020 a special morning tea was held for the ASDESI families, Interchange Australia staff and some of the members of the KKKK “Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids”: Tony and Yvonne Springett, Lynda Smith and Peter Stewart. It was a great opportunity for everyone to get together for a chat. It also gave us the opportunity to say a special thank you to the KKKK for their continued support of this wonderful program, as without them it would not be possible.
It is wonderful to see so many new families joining the ASDESI program and we hope to see many more take up this wonderful opportunity in the future.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with people.
ASD is a lifelong developmental disability characterised by impairments in social interaction, communication, and a lack of flexibility in thinking and behaviour, including restricted repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behaviour, interests and activities. The range of severity of developmental challenges occur along a spectrum which includes Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Retts Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS).
- It is estimated that one in 70 people has Autism, that’s almost 230,000 Australians and it affects almost four times as many boys than girls.
- Each person diagnosed with ASD has different challenges, strengths and abilities. It is important that support services offered recognise each individual’s abilities and personality.
The ASDESI “Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Support & Information” program has supported over 35 local families, delivering positive outcomes for families and their children up to 18 years with ASD each year since its inception in 2008.
The range of activities offered through the ASDESI program include;
- ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub
- Parent and Carer Information and Education
- Social Support Groups
- Case Management
- Siblings Group
- Educational Course
- An extensive range of programs in creative arts
- Dinner groups and weekend activities
The ASDESI program assists children with ASD to;
- Reach their full potential
- Build social and networking skills
- Build friendships with peers their own age
- Learn new things
- Have fun!
To learn more about the ASDESI program and our Easter 2020 school holiday program or any of the other exciting and engaging activities, learning experiences and services offered at Interchange Australia please visit our website www.interchangeau.org or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/asdesiau/ or call our office on 02 4868 6677 or email us at [email protected]