17 February 2016
Autism Spectrum Disorder and ASDESI – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
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 other people. It is estimated that one in 100 people has autism: that’s almost 230,000 Australians and it affects almost four times as many boys than girls.
The word ‘spectrum’ describes the range of difficulties that people on the autism spectrum may experience and the degree to which they may be affected. Every person with Autism is different to another and has their own way of seeing the world, which makes them interesting and unique.
A diagnosis of ASD can be a confronting process for any person and their families. Being diagnosed with ASD is a part of a person however it is not the whole person. At Interchange Australia we recognise that no two people diagnosed with ASD are the same therefore our services aim to ensure that the person’s abilities and personality are valued.
Our ASDESI Program
ASDESI (Autism Spectrum Disorder Education, Support and Information) is a support program managed by Interchange Australia to provide services to families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The ASDESI program was initiated by Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) and provides a range of services for families caring for a young person (up to the age of 18 years of age) with ASD.
Services are individually tailored and includes:
• 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.