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Understanding & embracing Autism

How different ways of thinking can release the true power of the mind

An easy guide to understanding our supports and how they can help you

You may have often heard of the term 'multi-d' in conversation when researching autism, or come across it when researching therapies endorsed by disability service providers or agencies. But what is it?

A multi-disciplinary approach is often offered to clients advocating inter-professional specialities across a variety of disciplines initiated by the health-care industry for autism.

But here's the rub: in some cases, this method will not work. Why? Because it means strong communication between inter-professional agencies, effective collaboration between health-care professionals and personalities that gel so that professionals work together, and not independently of each other. It's not just a local issue - it is an argument spoken of globally.

And this is where Autism Adelaide come in. We organise and actuate the multi-d approach because it works and works well. Data-driven and backed by science, we choose supports driven by results, not just hearsay.

Our staff have a lived experience of disabilities or experience with autism and autism-related conditions. We pride ourselves in choosing to work with the best practitioners. We interview our partners methodically to ensure they 'fit' our values and principles. We believe it's pivotal our staff have personality and hold their professional skills in high esteem. 

We choose to work only with specialist providers who complement external practices and won't let professional jealousy get in the way of providing a full service to you.

We often 'hear' from parents of how they hit the wall of what to do or where to go when they have just been given a new diagnosis.

The Australian parenting website provide reliable information with detailed instructions on how to search and what to look for when researching therapies for your autistic child. You'll find the link here: they even go one further and provide a wealth of information on their site about therapies and interventions for autistic children. It includes common therapies, videos, information about recommended hours of interventions. You can find more information on this page.

You'll find good service providers encourage participants and parents to research therapies and treatments because you know your child and what will work.

We've given a breakdown of the supports and services we offer our clients. You should know that these supports are flexible not just a rigid framework. If in the future, we find other supports or therapies with proven results to help an autistic person, then we will investigate the claims and include them.

In order to be successful in promoting interprofessional collaboration, health care workers need to develop ways to challenge and dispel the notion of profession-centrism by embracing the professional cultures of their colleagues and reducing the barriers to multidisciplinary training.,families%20of%20children%20with%20autism.

We believe everything we do in life centres around behaviour. From our thinking patterns to eating habits, sleeping structure, lifestyle choices to the way we interact and socialise with friends, neighbours, colleagues and loved ones.

One could even argue that some mental health conditions could also fall into patterns of behaviour, challenging and changing disruptive, unhealthy and harmful behaviours is recognised as cognitive behaviour.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is classified as a developmental disorder primarily because it develops within the first two years of a child's life. As a child with traits of autism child grow more symptoms and behaviours begin to emerge.

Autism Adelaide provides a range of therapies and interventions which may be beneficial at any stage of life. Preliminary studies into early intervention programs and autism indicate that an intense early intervention program could be of more benefit when treatment commences early.

Since the National Disability Insurance Scheme has engaged with supporting people with disabilities, more people can now access and benefit holistically from the many therapies, programs and interventions.

If you're serious about getting the supports you need for your child, then you need to speak with us

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The video below has been provided for use by the Australian parenting website:

Duration of the video is just over 1 minute. It explains how she can help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have challenging behaviour. Behavioural psychologists can teach children new skills and behaviour strategies for handling emotions and coping in different settings. One of the main approaches this psychologist uses is cognitive behaviour therapy.

Information provided on the Australian parenting website '' is reliable and current. For more videos on therapies to help children with autism you can follow this link.

Almost everything we do in life stems from behaviour. We have intervention programs and strategies which can help manage and overcome problem areas.

Behavioural Therapy

Positive behaviour support is about tailored supports for an individual. So that an effective PBS program (positive behaviour support) can be tailored to individual needs, several things need are factored before developing a plan.

Your therapist should take a measured approach in the early getting-to-know-you stage.

  • A considered approach builds a relationship and creates trust with you or your child. A naturally positive and trusting relationship leads to willingness and engagement.
  • A behavioural therapist will want to develop an understanding of who the person is, find out their interests, what their dreams and aspirations are.
  • They will review their environment (home, school or work), find out their triggers for behavioural concerns and question what supports are already in place.
  • A therapist will look into the opportunities they have to communicate their needs and wants successfully.
  • They should also review whether they can participate and engage in their community, in activities which are meaningful to them.

Each of these sessions lay the foundation for understanding your child as an individual and is crucial to developing support plans which will engage.

PBS is about improving quality of life and reducing behaviours which are concerning. It is achievable through the building and developing of skills, community participation and building tolerance. Challenging or troubling behaviour can be reduced or eliminated by building a strong sense of self and breaking down unhelpful fears and anxieties.

When considering these behaviours, it's crucial to find the triggers and break down why a person is behaving in this way to address and establish practical and positive alternative strategies which lead to improved behaviour.

Occupational Therapy

The video below has been provided for use by the Australian parenting website:

Duration of the video is 6 minutes. It explains in detail and with examples, the important role an occupational therapist can provide in the successful treatment of certain behaviours and problems your child may face. The OT also describes how she helps autistic children overcome difficulties with self-care and develop skills for play and social communication.

Information provided on the Australian parenting website '' is reliable and current. For more videos on therapies to help children with autism you can follow this link.

Occupational Therapists work with children and adults to help identify their ability to perform and their level of engagement in activities that are meaningful to them. These activities include any tasks involved in their daily life such as personal care, managing routine, work/school, leisure, social and community participation.

OTs address difficulties across a number of areas that impact their client's ability to participate in activities. These areas include sensory, perception, cognition, motor (gross and fine motor), social, emotional, play, and academic skills. Young children may require support in these areas to achieve their developmental milestone. Middle childhood/adolescence may require support with developing skills and independence in their activities to be successful in managing daily routines relevant to their age, school activities, and building social relationships.

Our approach and practice is individualised, goal focused, client-centred, and family-oriented. Occupational therapy interventions may include addressing sensory processing difficulties, behavioural difficulties, improving and developing skills in participation, modifying tasks and the environment, and working with families/carers. Therapy interventions may be implemented in clinic. However, it is also important that therapy is provided in natural settings of where the activities occur (i.e. home, school, community).


Take a look at the Australian parenting website raising children for sound advice. They have provided a comprehensive web-page detailing a breakdown of different services and their terminology, what service providers do and who to ask for services and help if you have a child with a disability, autism related condition or special needs. You'll find their link here.