Therapy Services

AUTISM ADVICE & SUPPORT SERVICE

A not for profit charity run for children and adults with Autism and their families.

Individual Therapy, Diagnosis and Assessment

AASS offers a range of individual based therapies and coordinates these in accordance with best practice guidelines to suit the needs of the individual. Services include Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy, Behavioural Support, Psychology and Social Skills Coaching. Our therapists can work with an individual to diagnose, assess and provide therapy as appropriate.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.

Music Therapy is the planned and creative use of music within and through a therapeutic relationship. Music therapy works on non-musical goals and differs from music education and entertainment.

How can Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) assist you?

At the Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) our registered Music Therapist provides 30 minute individual and group therapy sessions to help individuals with Autism. Music Therapy can support children, adolescents and young adults with:

  • Social skills
  • Behavioural issues and challenges
  • Cognitive skills
  • Physical and sensory needs of an individual

Our registered Music Therapist is eligible to provide services under FaHCSIA: Helping Children with Autism funding and the NDIS.

Music Therapy with Figurenotes

Figurenotes is a music notation system designed to enable people with special needs to read music and to play an instrument at a basic level, and thus to participate in meaningful musical experiences.

Speech Therapy

Speech Pathologists assess and help people with communication disorders. This includes difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. They also help people who experience difficulties with eating and drinking.

How can Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) assist you?

Our Speech Pathologists work closely with you to provide therapy sessions that are tailored to help individuals with autism. Intervention can be provided at our centre in Liverpool or in the community (eg. home, childcare, school, respite, day program and work placement).

Our Speech Pathologists can support you or your family member with:

  • Improving and supporting different types of communication (Verbal and nonverbal)
  • Play skills
  • Socials skills
  • Training communication partners (e.g. parents and teachers)
  • Support transitions to school or work

Our Speech Pathologists are eligible to provide services under Medicare, FaHCSIA: Helping Children with Autism funding, HICAPS and the NDIS.

Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy

Art therapy helps to encourage mental, physical and emotional growth through the creative process of art making. It provides an opportunity to build life skills, social skills, healthy self-expression and an outlet for challenging behaviours. Children are encouraged to explore and express themselves creatively through the use of different art mediums. The goal of art therapy is not about creating attractive masterpieces, it’s about the journey of self-expression. Art Therapy can also assist communication when words are not readily available.

Autism Advisory and Support Services offers Art Therapy with a registered Art Therapist.

Occupational Therapy

What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapists (OT’s) assist people to participate in their everyday occupations. An ‘occupation’ being an activity that occupies a person’s time such as school, work, play, rest and self-care activities.

Occupational therapy is the use of assessment and treatment to develop the daily living skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder. OT’s focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities.

Occupational therapy is a client-centered practice that places emphasis on the progress towards the client’s goals. Interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the individual and their family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities.

How can Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) assist you?

Our Occupational Therapists work closely with you to provide therapy sessions that are tailored to help individuals with autism. Intervention can be provided at our centre in Liverpool or in the community (eg. home, childcare, school, respite, day program and work placement).

Our Occupational Therapists can support you or your family member with:

  • assisting with sensory processing difficulties through participation in fun activities in a sensory rich environment.
  • environmental and activity modification and/or adaptations
  • helping achieve developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • promote skill development and independence in all daily activities
  • educating and involving parents, carers and others to facilitate the development and learning of children

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (02) 9601 2844

Our Occupational Therapists are eligible to provide services under Medicare, FaHCSIA: Helping Children with Autism funding, HICAPS and the NDIS.  

Psychology Services

At the Autism Advisory and Support Service (AASS) our Psychologist provides a range of services including individual therapy and assessment services.

Individual therapy can provide support with:

  • Behavioural and emotional (e.g., anxiety, depression) difficulties
  • Developing adaptive coping skills
  • Transitioning to school

We offer the following assessments:

  • Diagnostic assessments of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder
  • Adaptive Functioning assessments
  • Intelligence and achievement assessments
  • Mental Health Assessment

Our Psychologist is eligible to provide services under Medicare, FaHCSIA: Helping Children with Autism funding, HICAPS and the NDIS.

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