Life Transitions for Young People with Special Needs: Useful Strategies – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Life transitions can bring on behavioural changes such as anxiety and challenging behaviours. They can also have an impact upon relationships where new peers, teachers and family members become part of a person’s life. Parents and carers of young people with special needs understand that life transitions can be confronting and challenging for their children and they implement a number of strategies to assist their child through these times…<Read More>

 

Strengthening Communication Skills and Friendships – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Exposure to new experiences and time with other children can increase communication and friendships. Taking small steps can achieve long term outcomes…<Read More>

 

The ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub & Carers’ Network – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

I attended a seminar yesterday on ‘Building a Resilient Future for people with ASD’ with guest speakers Dr Wenn Lawson, Jeanette Purkis and Dr Emma Goodall. I particularly liked Dr Wenn Lawson’s comment that it’s about “being human, whichever spectrum we are on!”…<Read More>

 

Our Rock Stars…Ready for Rock The Houses! – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

The anticipation and excitement is building at our campuses and the plaque is being polished in the lead up to our Rock the Houses event on Tuesday 15th May! After the incredibly successful performances last September everyone is eagerly waiting to perform on stage and hear all the bands as they battle it out to be crowned the winners of this event! Each campus will perform three songs consisting of two covers and an original. Rock The Houses showcases the talents of every participant and the enjoyment that they get from engaging with music…<Read More>

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Improvements in Awareness, Understanding, Diagnosis and Support – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford
Slowly but surely, awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is growing. Around 1 in 200 Australians have autism (ABS, 2012), and boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls…<Read More>

 

World Autism Awareness Day 2018 – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
World Autism Day is observed each year on 2nd April. The aim of the day is to bring individual organisations assisting people with Autism Spectrum Disorder from around the world together to aid in research, diagnosis, treatment and generating overall awareness. Interchange Australia recognises that each person diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has different talents, strengths and abilities. We offer an extensive range of supports tailored to individual needs…<Read More> 

 

The ASDESI Carers’ Network – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

The ASDESI Carers network provides a supportive empathic network for parents/carers to optimise their ability to support their children in achieving their full potential and inspire life success!…<Read More>

 

The Positive Benefits of Recreational Activities for Children – By Interchange Australia Consutant, Amber Hall

Interchange Australia is currently running the January ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub. There are many positive benefits of joining Interchange Australia’s wide range of activities, including…<Read More>

 

The Benefits of Short-term Accommodation for Carers – By Interchange Australia Consultant Julie Doran

Anyone that is a carer knows it can be a highly demanding and stressful responsibility, and no one is expected to do it without some help. Just like the loved ones they care for, carers also need support and attention to maintain their own health and well-being …<Read More>

 

The Power of Art… – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Julie Doran

Art is a very individual activity even in a workshop. The artist enters their own little world, a world full of possibilities. Art stimulates the creative mind and allows the artist to isolate themselves from reality in a positive way. It also provides mental rest that lowers stress, generates relaxation and feelings of happiness …<Read More>

 

Puppetry: A Fantastic Cultural and Artistic Pursuit – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy

Puppetry as an artistic and cultural activity is a wonderful medium for people with a disability to explore their imagination, express their creativity and learn new artistic skills. Our clients were fortunate to learn skills under the professional guidance of Sue and Steve from Sydney Puppet Theatre at Sutton Forest recently…<Read More> 

 

ASDESI: Education, Support and Information for Children With ASD and Their Families – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people. The ASDESI program uses a family-based model to identify ASD-related challenges and to develop collaborative family strategies to manage these challenges. Parents are supported and empowered to become the ‘expert’ and to optimise their capacity in supporting their children to achieve their potential…<Read More>

 

Enriching Support Services for Autism – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
The ASDESI program was initiated by the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) and provides a range of services for families in the Wingecarribee shire caring for a young person (up to the age of 18 years of age) with ASD. Depending upon client’s needs and eligibility under the NDIS and/or ASDESI to receive services we can offer supports to improve your daily life and increase your opportunities to experience a wide range of engaging exciting activities…<Read More>

 

Autism: Aidan’s story

28% of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)  participants have autism, making it the second largest disability group in the NDIS.  Interchange Australia understands that each person diagnosed with ASD has different challenges, strengths and abilities. Our aim is to provide support services so that people can reach their full potential…<Read More>

 

The Benefits of the Joining the ASDESI Program – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
The Kollege of Knowledge for Kids (KKKK) and Interchange Australia work together to support families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Support & Information (ASDESI) program provides coordinated programmes including an eligibility assessment, early intervention, respite, and social support for families with a child with ASD…<Read More>

 

Autism Spectum Disorder Education & Information (ASDESI) Update – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Recently, representatives from the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids (KKKK) presented a cheque for $50,000 to go towards the Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Support & Information (ASDESI) program. These funds were raised from the 2016 Ladies Luncheon, an annual event where women gather to show their support for this very valuable service for families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)...<Read More>

 

The ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

The ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub is more than just vacation care. Held during school holiday periods, ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub activities are designed to build skills, confidence and peer interaction of children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in  a fun and safe environment…<Read More>

 

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. 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…<Read More>

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Parent’s Perspective – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Rebecca Lackenby

My son Joey was diagnosed with autism in November 2016 at the age of eight. As for many families, this diagnosis did not come easily. One positive of this diagnosis is that Joey was introduced to the ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub…<Read More>

 

World Autism Awareness Day – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Rebecca Lackenby

World Autism Day is held each year on 2nd April. The aim of the day is to bring individual organisations assisting people with Autism Spectrum Disorder from around the world together to aid in research, diagnosis, treatment and generating overall awareness of those with the disorder and those looking for help. Interchange Australia participated with information stalls at Springett Arcade in Bowral on 1st April and Highland Marketplace in Mittagong on 2nd April to provide people with information about its ASDESI Program (Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Support & information)…<Read More>

 

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 services to families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The ASDESI program provides a range of services for families caring for a young person (up to the age of 18 years of age) with ASD…<Read More>