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Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorder is considered a lifelong developmental disability that adversely affects a childs performance in academic, behavioural and social areas.
Recent studies suggest that as many as 1 in every 150 babies will develop some degree of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by the age of three. www.raisingchildren.com

Health care providers think of autism as a "spectrum" disorder, a group of disorders with similar features. One person may have mild symptoms, while another may have extensive symptoms. But they both have an autism spectrum disorder. ASD includes autistic disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), and Asperger's Syndrome.

To receive a diagnosis of Autism there are 3 main areas professionals look for. These are:

  • Social interaction
  • Delayed communication
  • Ritualistic and Stereotyped Interests or Behaviours

Different people with autism can have very different symptoms. Individuals with ASD generally exhibit difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interaction, behaviour, and leisure or play activities. The child is often anxious, has poor attention and motivation, responds unusually to many different stimuli and is observed as being 'different' from other children. Speech is delayed, or largely absent. A strong reliance on routine is apparent, and the child can have a range of ritualistic behaviours such as toe walking, hand flapping and finger gazing.

The following are some general characteristics typical of a child with Autism


  • Poor social interaction
  • Lack of interest in other children
  • Does not show affection
  • Does not seek or offer comfort
  • Dislikes social touch and being held
  • Lack of social play
  • Being in own world
  • Prefers being alone
  • Indifferent to others
  • Lack of attention to voices
  • No use or understanding of gestures
  • Verbal rituals
  • Unusual/repetitive preoccupations
  • Unusual/repetitive attachment to objects
  • Lack of spontaneous play
  • Lack of imitative play
  • No pretend play
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Insensitivity to pain/cold
  • Unusual looking at objects/patterns/movements
  • No social smile
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Lack of facial expression
  • Lack of verbal communication
  • Problems with language comprehension
  • Does not express emotion
  • Poor imitation
  • Echolalia (mimicking speech)
  • No pointing to express interest
  • Distractibility
  • Behavioural variability
  • Sleep problems
  • Self-injury
  • Food fads
  • Unusual fears
  • Lack of curiosity


How can I get help?
If you suspect your child has Autism see your GP and ask for a referral to a Paediatrician who will assess your child and further discuss your concerns. The sooner early intervention services are available to your child the better progress they will make.

Helping Children with Autism – Early Intervention Panel Provider

1 Stop Paediatric Services is an accredited "Early Intervention Service Provider Panel" enabling us to provide services to children up to 7 years of age, under the federal funding initiative: "Helping Children with Autism Package"

  • Each child can access up to $6,000 of funding per year to be spent on eligible therapies— speech pathology, occupational therapy and psychology up till seven years of age.
  • To be eligible for the early intervention funding a child must be diagnosed with Autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder and be registered with an Autism Advisor before their sixth birthday.
  • Families can access this service through the Autism Advisor at Autism SA by visiting their website or by phoning 1300 288 476.
  • Once registered you can ring any one of our therapists for an appointment to start early intervention services for your child.

National Disability Insurance Agency

1 Stop Paediatric Services are a registered service provider that delivers support to participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

  • NDIS participants have a individualised plan and supports.
  • Early Intervention Plans.
  • Families can access this service throught the NDIS website at www.ndis.gov.au or by phoning 1800 800 110.
  • Once registered you can contact our recepionist and arrange an appointment with any of our therapists.


Download our fees template here
Download our 'Helping Children with Autism Package' here

Government funding:
Download Private Therapy Funding Options PDF here


Autism Links
Government Helping children with Autism information website www.raisingchildren.net.au/autism
Local South East support group: www.asdsoutheast.org


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