SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ASD ORGANISATIONS
NFP Intervention/ Services
Autism SA is a non-for-profit organisation whose mission is to deliver specialised services and promote community awareness to facilitate an inclusive community that values individuals and families living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Services provided by the Association for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families include:
• Training & Consultancy
• Early Development
• School Support
• Spectrum Advisory Services
• Community Services
• Early Intervention Panel Provider
• Member of Australian Autism Education and Training Consortium- Info Line 1300 288 476 (Monday-Friday during business hours)
Address: 262 Marion Road Netley
Phone: 8379 6976
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Autism-SA/211654632200076
Website - http://autismsa.org.au/
Flinders University - Early Intervention Research Program
"The program consists of two weeks in the Early Intervention house, where each child’s needs are assessed and an individualised program is created. These two weeks consist of 10 x 3-hour therapy sessions. Training is conducted by Senior therapists, training therapists and involves the child, parents and any family members who wish to partake. The parents and family members are trained in the administration of behaviour management techniques. These techniques can then be used within the home environment and other contexts, such as school, shopping, going to the dentist and hairdresser, eating, sleeping and toileting. Following the two weeks in the Early Intervention house, the program becomes home-based and families are required to continue the intervention for a minimum of 15 hours per week over 18 weeks. During these 18 weeks, a senior therapist will provide fortnightly consutlations and address any questions that may arise and will initiate new programs for the child to ensure further development and learning.
How many assessments are involved?
Assessments are required to gain a baseline measure for future reference of progress. Each child is assessed using a range of tools to gain a measure of language and communication skills, socialisation skills, autism severity and adaptive level of functioning (daily living skills, motor skills).
Children are assessed on five occasions:
i. Two weeks prior to intervention
ii. At the start of the intervention
iii. A post-intervention assessment, at 2 weeks
iv. A follow-up assessment, at 20 weeks
v. Two years after commencing intervention."
Address: Sturt Road, Bedford Park, Adelaide, South Australia Phone: 8201 5261
Website - http://www.flinders.edu.au/sabs/psychology/services/autism/eirp/
"Rocket is a not-for-profit organisation that provides world-class, evidence-based behavioural interventions to children with autism in Adelaide. Rocket is also a Charitable Institution and endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient. Rocket raises funds in order to help families afford the therapy they need."
Website - http://www.rocket.org.au/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocket/121318257978435?sk=wall
Helping Children with Autism Package
"The Australian Government has committed to $220 million for the four years up to June 2012 to address the need for services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families and carers.
The package includes:
FOR A LIST OF SERVICE PROVIDERS IN SA SEE THE LINK UNDER 'THERAPY & RESOURCES'
Website - www.facs.gov.au/sa/disability/progserv/people/HelpingChildrenWithAutism/Pages/default.aspx
"Early Days is a series of workshops for mothers, fathers, carers and families of young children (0-6 years) who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder or who are going through the assessment and diagnostic process. These workshops are provided free of charge, funded by the federal government Helping Children with Autism initiative and delivered by the Autism Advisor Programs in South Australia and the Northern Territory. There are a series of workshops available. Families may choose to attend one, several or all of the workshops. It is recommended to attend the Introductory Workshop first."
If you would like to register for a workshop, please fill out a form and email it to: email@example.com
Website - http://www.autismsa.org.au/early-days-workshops
Autism Specific Early Learning Centre - Anglicare
" The Daphne Street Child Care and Specialist Early Learning Centre provides child care services alongside early intervention programs and specific support that targets the learning and development needs of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. This program, the first of six to be opened nationally, supports participation in childcare and early childhood education and transition to further educational or therapeutic settings. "
Address: 26 Daphne Street, Prospect, South Australia 5082
Phone: 8269 8688Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - http://anglicare-sa.org.au/specialist-services/
Autism STAR Pty Ltd
"Our vision is for autism spectrum to be acknowledged and recognised as a highly valued and respected attribute in the employment sector, and for autistic and Asperger employees and job seekers to recognise their individual and full potential. Autism STAR Pty Ltd offers Training, Advocacy and Recruitment opportunities for students, graduates and adults on the autism spectrum. Training is also extended to schools, employment and support agencies, employers and employees."
Malcom Mayfield, Managing Director
Post: PO Box 78, Happy Valley, SA, 5159
A Different Mind - Education, Consultancy & Coaching
"ADM offers disability specific education, consultant and coaching. ADM is owned by Katharine Annear who is a Developmental Educator, Lecturer and Artsworker. ADM Offers services to people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions. Katharine is a member of the Developmental Educators Association and as such adheres the their code of ethics and possesses a range of competencies that apply to working with people with disability and disadvantage...Throughout her career Katharine has provided services to individuals, families, and organisations. ADM services offered include, workshops and seminars, behaviour support, coaching, counselling, and group programs."
Please visit the website for a full list of services
NFP Community Organisations
Rainbowland Autism Services
“Rainbowland Autism Services (RAS) is a modern, innovative and energetic organisation that demonstrates its passion for helping families living with autism through its dynamic services and commitment to global autism awareness." Rainbowland provides the following services:
~ Global Autism Awareness Campaign, formally known as 'Autism Rainbow Day';
~ Online support services on the Rainbowland Autism Services Facebook Fan Page'
~ National Advocacy (Australia) through campaigns such as the 'Stand Up 4 Autism & Special Needs' campaign.
~ Local support services in Adelaide, South Australia.
Address: PO Box 4141, TRANMERE SA AUSTRALIA, 5073
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/RainbowlandAS
Website - http://www.rainbowlandautismservices.com/
Autism Rainbow Day Website - http://www.autismrainbowday.com
Asperlutely Autsome: Where Being Different is Normal
"Asperlutely Autsome is a community organisation formed by families for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in South Australia. Asperlutely Autsome members find support and develop skills in an environment of encouragement and acceptance where everyone is valued and being different is normal. At present we will be focusing primarlily on creating weekend family retreats and day outimgs for our community. We are committed to our strong views to the future and increasing options offered to families within the ASD community. We are a strict NOT FOR PROFIT organisation run solely by volunteers."
Phone: 0406 218 002 (please leave a message if unattendted)
Post: PO Box 763, Mount Compass, SA 5210
Treetop Autism Specific School
Treetop Autism Specific school will be a special school for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) who require specialised education programs. The primary focus will be to equip students with the skills to become as independent as possible, and enable them to integrate into the wider community. Class sizes will be small and the school will adapt ABA and RDI learning methods with the aim to have professionals providing occupational therapy, speech therapy, and childhood psychology onsite. Treetops will provide a range of educational services, from early intervention to adolescent classes, and will adopt a policy of transitioning students with ASDs into more inclusive settings. These settings include mainstream classes and support classes, or special schools as per the requirements of the individual.
The project to get the Treetop Autism Specific School up and running is currently at the phase where a sufficient proposed number of students needs to be presented to the relevant boards – this determines whether an ASD specific school can become a viable and sustainable entity in our state. At present this number has been determined at 200 proposed students. Treetop are therefore looking for expressions of interest from ASD families who would be interested in having their child receive education through an ASD specific school – to be eligible all that is needed is a confirmed diagnosis; there are no specific functioning limits, and this school is to be R-12. Please contact Treetops asap with your child’s details including name, age, address and contact number ASAP.
For more information or to express your interest please call or text Fiora Christou on 0402 363 868 or email email@example.com
Please help spread the word by forwarding on to other families and professional contacts.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TreetopAutismSpecificSchool
Run 4 Autism
Run4Autism is a new organisation which has been established to allow individuals raise vital funds for an ASD organisation of their choice. Founder and father of an ASD son, Travis Saunders, has committed himself to running 12 marathons in 12 months to kick start the project and give back to the organisations supporting his family. As of today (05/02/13) he has raised $2,870 and run 42.2kms in the Cadbury Marathon (Hobart) and will run another 42.2kms in the Wangaratta Marathon in Feb. Currently signed up as beneficiaries are Autism SA, ROCKET, and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), with a number of other orgs to be finalised shortly. If you would like to raise funds for an organisation not currently supported then send them the link to Run4Autism and have them make contact so that you can start fund raising.
Note: "Run4Autism makes no money out of donations. Any money raised will go directly to the registered beneficiaries, minus a small administration fee taken by the gofundraise platform that we have built the site on."
S.A.F.E SA Inc
"Is a non for profit incorporated Association. We hosts regular holiday style camps, family fun days and workshops for children on the Autism Spectrum and their siblings, throughout the year. We also run many different Family Fun Days for families in all different regions of South Australia, to bring the ASD community together, spend a day getting to know families of the areas, hear their concerns and ideas as to what services they would like to see us provide.”
Phone: Cass 0433590601
Company @ Autistic Theatre
"Company @ ‘Autistic Theatre’ is a professional performance ensemble. ‘Autistic Theatre’ describes theatre that has an inherent quality delivered by people on the Autism Spectrum, this quality is one that will be explored, constructed, deconstructed, assembled and exploited throughout Company@’s evolution. ‘Autistic Theatre’ requires that the ensemble and principle artistic staff be made up predominantly of people on the autism spectrum."
Phone: At Tutti on (08) 8422 6511
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Company-AT/104949252872355
The Gold Foundation
" The Gold Foundation is a non-profit organisation set up by a group of mothers with a child with Aspergers Syndrome. Our aim is to raise money to develop social skills groups, services and events for these children. "
Website - http://www.goldfoundation.com.au/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gold-Foundation/207259946053?sk=wall
The Scarlett Foundation
"The Scarlett Foundation is the Non-for profit fundraising arm for an all encompassing therapy centre which will provide initial assessment and diagnosis for children with developmental delays. The Centre will provide appropriate early intervention therapies for those diagnosed as falling within the autism spectrum, as well those requiring help in overcoming learning difficulties and behavioural problems. We will also provide support for those children in mainstream environments to ensure their readiness to continue.
Our aim is to build a directory network for parents seeking therapists and in turn for therapists seeking employment. Finally the Centre will provide informal support networks for parents with expertise available from the Centre to determine the best method of raising funds through public awareness as well as through teacher training workshops on coping with ASD, developmental delays and behaviour management in mainstream classrooms, to provide outward bound (with boundaries) camps and events, and merchandising"
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Scarlett-Foundation/177736595611554
Community Support Organisations
AFISA - Autism Families in SA
"Our mission is to unite the Autism community ♥ We'd like to introduce you to new people, allow you to network with others and receive support from those who truly understand. We also promote socialisation and organise various activities through out the year such as ladies nights out, Dad's weekends away, family picnics/bbqs, get togethers at places such as wildlife parks, movies, cafes etc"
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AutismFISA
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/171128586242696/
Parents in Partnership SA
"Bringing together parents of young adults (18-40) with Autism or Intellectual Disabilities to develop pathway options for independent futures. This group has been formed to bring together parents of adult children with these disabilities to work in partnership to plan for their childrens futures whilst identifying and addressing their childs housing and accommodation, employment or day options needs - and explore and develop formulas to best to provide our adult children appropriate support to promote and empower their independence. The primary aim of this group is to build a local network of passionate parents who are interested in collaborating their parenting with other like minded parents to work together to develop pathway options for their childs futures."
Phone: 8395 7794
Take Heart Inc
"Connecting families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Playgroup, Lego Club, Library, Support Groups."
"Take Heart was established in 2011 to help families of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD_ find a sense of belonging and comfort throughout the diagnosis and subsequent challenges faced when raising an ASD kid."
Phone: 0408 600 463
Guide Dogs SA&NT - Autism Assistance Dog Program
""Guide Dogs SA.NT's Autism Assistance Dog Program focuses on improving the quality of life for families of children living with autism. Our highly skilled Autism Assistance Dogs offer families three key advantages - safety, comfort and inclusion. This is achieved by providing a fully trained dog and training and support to the parents and child.
The child's safety is enhanced on outings by being connected to the dog through a belt around the child's waist. The child is able to roam freely, but should they attempt to bolt, the dog is trained to sit or lie down and act as an anchor. This gives the parent time to intervene and diffuse the situation. The parent has physical control of the dog by a lead and collar when using this system. The dog is trained to stop at kerbs and stairs and responds to a parent's vocal commands.
An Autism Assistance Dog may ease frustration and anxiety by providing a calming sensory input. The dog may also provide interruption from repetitive behaviours, as well as companionship and fun for the child, and social and emotional support for the parent.
An Autism Assistance Dog can help the child participate in social, leisure and education activities, as well as easing the stress associated with interacting with others. Outings with the entire family may become less stressful, and the dog may also encourage social interaction between the child and his or her siblings or peers.
Families living with Guide Dogs Autism Assistance Dogs have reported the following benefits:
Improved participation in social and leisure activities for the family
Improved quality and quantity of sleep as the child may wake less with the dog sleeping in his/her room
Positive changes in the child’s behaviour
Comfort for the child
Full legal public access, including restaurants and shops
Our dogs are trained to benefit children who:
Demonstrate the most challenging and severe behaviours
Are aged between three and eight years old
Have a confirmed diagnosis of autism
Are non-verbal and experience difficulty with impulse control which manifests by way of unwanted mannerisms and absconding behaviour
There is additional criteria that parents are required to meet which is available upon application.
Once accepted into the program, one or both parents must commit to a minimum five-day training period to establish the working relationship and understand the dog’s abilities and skills. Training is later provided in the home environment with the child.
A Guide Dogs Autism Assistance Dog has the same legal rights as a Guide Dog.
It is clearly identified by its coat which brings awareness of the dog’s special circumstances.
This helps increase public ease of access.
We rely on fundraising to ensure the long-term success of the program. An Autism Assistance Dog is valued at $30,000 and undergoes an extensive amount of socialisation and training. Successful applicants must assist with and contribute towards fundraising for their Autism Assistance Dog through sponsorship, donations and community involvement. This can be discussed during the assessment process."
Address: 251 Morphett St, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 8203 8333
Website - http://www.guidedogs.org.au/our-services/guide-dog-services/autism-assistance-dogs
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/guidedogs.sant
Labs n Life
" At its simplest, Labs ‘n Life gives young people the opportunity to assist in the training of Labrador Retrievers to be of assistance to families of children on the autism spectrum. An Autism Assistance Dog serves as a tool for the primary care provider of the ASD child. That individual will be trained as a handler for the Autism Assistance Dog."
Postal Address: P.O Box 278, Stirling, SA 5152
Phone: 0458 943 033
Website - http://www.labsnlife.com/
facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Labs-n-Life/148362361384