At Focused Education, our professional ASD staff assess, treat and diagnose Autism in Perth. We are proud of our high-quality Autism Spectrum Disorder testing and treatment methods. Our early intervention speech therapy, occupational therapy, and special education services simply work. In addition, we are an accredited NDIS provider.
We know that hand picking the best, experienced staff is important. A component of our Autism treatment model based on the latest research for helping autistic children.
A Specialist Team for children with Autism.
Our professional multi-disciplinary ASD specialists in diagnosis, treatment and early intervention for children with autism and their families. We also provide specialist advice to schools, organisations, and workplaces in the Perth metropolitan area.
Our Autism Diagnosis Process at our ASD Clinic is clearly explained in this infographic.
The Focused Early Achievements Model is great news for children with Autism in Perth.
With the completion of the research in Perth, Australia and the U.S.A. Focused Education staff can now provide training to parents, school teachers and organizations such as The Western Australian Department of Education using the specialised intervention model in Perth, W.A. We have modified the program to align with existing Focused Education programs to provide an integrated System of Care. This is due to many of our students requiring early intervention in both Autism as well as other learning differences such as ADHD or Dyslexia.It is estimated that more children will be diagnosed this year with autism than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined, making Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) the fastest growing development disorder that occurs approximately 1 in 110 children. Hopeless as it may sound, researches reveal that with early detection and intervention, vast improvement in ASD conditions can be expected.
Measuring Social Improvements for Autistic Children
Social skills are often based on the ability of toddlers to appropriately respond and pay attention to the actions of other people.
The study conducted by researchers from Perth’s Focused Education focused on this primary factor in determining the value of early intervention in the improvement of core ASD symptoms in toddlers.
Using the first randomized clinical trial for group-based early intervention models, the researchers want to see how keeping toddlers attuned to other people can motivate them to stay engaged.
Furthermore, this would improve on current learning opportunities that aim to help children with ASD to overcome stumbling blocks to being connected and socialized.
Using two groups of 24 toddlers were selected from suburbs in the Perth area. Aged from 21 to 33 months, subjected to similar interventions for a period of six months, the researchers attempted to measure social improvements. The difference is that one group was given more social engagement opportunities. Criteria included:
- Initiation of joint attention
- Imitation of actions with continued eye contact
- Emotion sharing through facial expressions and eye contact
Treatment for Children with Autism.
Although both groups showed significant improvements, the greater response of the group subjected to socially-directed intervention cannot be discounted. The improvements were noted in the group that pointed out things of interest as well as those that smiled paired with eye contact. There was a notable increase from 17 percent to 42 percent for imitated acts paired with eye contact.
The ability of toddlers to initiate joint attention more than tripled and those that shared positive affect doubled. Non-verbal cognitive skills were developed in just six months for the group that received socially-directed intervention as compared to the 10 months it took for the other group.
Improvements in spoken language are another area of notable improvement in both groups. Developmental progress occurred while the children were under the Early Intervention for Autism program, which is a testament to its effectiveness. The next step is to see how this intervention model can impact the needs of older children with ASD.
Easy steps to follow to intervene with your Autistic Child.
In order to increase access to critical autism services designed for toddlers, it is necessary to use a group-based, empirically-validated intervention program. There are a number of reasons for adapting this type of approach:
- Can be replicated with minimal cost;
- Provides more social interaction for toddlers with ASD;
- Allows for targeting of social development through the improvement of social and communication skills
Perth’s Focused Education are experts in Autism intervention. Our expert staff tested how the number of opportunities affected development, one group received more social interaction than the other. Autism treatment is designed to focus on the various aspects of child development including encouragement of child-initiated communication.
Social interaction opportunities gave toddlers the chance to imitate their peers and adults, focus their attention on faces, share emotions with others, and place objects on walls. Showing, pointing, labeling of facial expressions, imitation of actions, and modeling were accompanied by the use of language.
The same program intensity was given to both groups including student teacher-to-student ration, parent education, instructional strategies, home-based parent training, and schedule. As with other intervention models the importance of using the right treatment early delivers the best possible results in toddlers with ASD. This intervention model underscores the need to complement parent training with cost-effective solutions.
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