An autism and behaviour support service for people with disability and their families living in rural and remote Western Australia.
The Early Years and Consultancy team is made up of clinical, developmental and educational psychologists. It provides a service for people with disability and their families living in rural and remote Western Australia. Services include:
- assessment and diagnosis of intellectual disability and autism
- coordination and delivery of early childhood development programs
- training for families and communities dealing with behaviour and development issues
- a consultancy service for people seeking assistance with behaviour management or mental health issues associated with their disability.
Where assessment and diagnosis is required, the request/referral for the service is made through the Local Area Coordinator for the region.
Early childhood development
These programs are provided for children who have been diagnosed with autism but have not yet entered year one at primary school. Commission staff work closely with the family and locally-based therapists (such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists and physiotherapists) to design individualised development programs, based on the most recent evidence. The programs are delivered by a therapy assistant identified, trained and employed by the team.
Training about behaviour and developmental issues is offered to families, communities and locally-based therapists living and working in rural and remote Western Australia. Workshops are delivered via videoconference and the topics available are understanding autism, understanding behaviour and promoting positive development. Information and flyers about the programs are available from the Local Coordinator for the region.
Behaviour management support
The team provides a short-term focused consultancy service to assist health professionals, families and agencies who are supporting a person with behaviour or mental health issues associated with their disability. This service is offered either by phone or videoconference, or in person, and seeks to build and strengthen local community support. The psychologist will, if necessary, make recommendations for, and assist with, identifying longer term options.
Referral to the team for consultancy assistance is made through the Local Coordinator for the region.