The Disability Services Commission’s Early Years Country Team provides home-based early childhood intervention services. Services are delivered for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families who live in rural and remote areas of Western Australia, from diagnosis to the start of Year 1 at school.
The team supports families and their networks by developing strategies that assist them to:
- understand autism
- learn how to promote development and learning in a child with autism
- build skills that support more effective parent-child interactions
- develop teaching skills
- address and cope with challenging behaviours.
Commission psychologists work with the child’s family and the local community to identify and design strategies to help the child develop and learn. The Commission also helps families to develop and foster relationships with local services and supports to help them achieve their goals and build the life they want for their family.
The Commission works with other service providers, including local allied health therapists, to design a comprehensive, individualised home-based program for each child.
Families are directly involved in the delivery of the program, along with other relevant local people who can offer support on a regular basis.
Where appropriate, Commission psychologists also coordinate the training and supervision of a local therapy assistant. The assistant’s role is to deliver an individualised therapy program, using a range of best-practice teaching approaches, in the family home with the child.
For more information contact:
Early Years Country Team
Disability Services Commission
15 Hill View Terrace, East Victoria Park WA 6101
Phone: (08) 9466 8329