Autism is a neuro-development disorder. Autism is diagnosed as a spectrum of disorders and the impact it has from one individual to another can vary greatly.
The condition impairs an individual’s natural instinct to communicate and form relationships. An individual on the spectrum can sometimes withdraw into a world of his or her own.
The word ‘spectrum’ describes the range of difficulties that people with a diagnosis may experience and the degree to which they may be affected. Some people may be able to live relatively normal lives, while others may have accompanying learning challenges and require continued specialist support.
The following characteristics are common:
- difficulty with social relationships
- difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication
- lack of independent an appropriate play
- resistance to change in routines
- repetitive behaviour
- sensory impairment
While individuals with Autism may require specialised supports and services, the availability of these services continues to grow within Australia.
There is a large research base on the efficacy of ABA in teaching individuals with Autism a variety of skills and behaviours.
It is important for the individual (and their close family circle) that appropriate and effective support if provided; Woodbury aims to be a key part in creating a providing a supportive learning environment that benefits the student and their family.