30th March 2016
ASDESI – Support for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Families – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Rebecca Lackenby
Initiated by the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK), ASDESI is an Interchange Australia program providing support services to children and young people (up to 18 years) with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
Services are individually tailored and include:
- Parent and carer information and education;
- Social support for children and young people of various ages and with varying interests;
- Case Management
- Activities, including: Holiday Kids Klub, Music, Siblings Group, Family Conferences and Special Interest Days
Parent and Carer Information and Education
Parents and carers meet with our trained educators, either individually or in a group setting. The aim is to support parents and carers to gain information, to develop strategies and to develop support networks.
Social Skills Development
Developing social skills is often challenging for children and young people with ASD. Our social groups aim to support the development and practice of appropriate and relevant social skills.
Case Management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation and advocacy to meet the needs of individuals and their families.
The siblings group is a social and therapeutic group for siblings aged seven years and up. The groups create connections between siblings, between peers and between parents and siblings. Siblings Group gives siblings a fun time, connects them to other children with similar needs and gives them ways to explore their strengths, to develop and to build their coping skills.
Children and young people with ASD may need particular types of support to facilitate learning how to manage activities of daily living. ASDESI skills-based courses are designed to give young people skills they can practice at home and at school, making everyday life more manageable and understandable.
The Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids
The Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) is a major supporter of ASDESI and is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in raising funds to support children and young people with special needs in the Wingecarribee Shire. Interchange Australia thanks the KKKK for their ongoing support of the ASDESI Program.
To learn more about the ASDESI Program, call Amber Hall on 1300 112 334 or visit the ASDESI Facebook page.