Autism Program Funding; Disability Services Money Gives Kids Early Intervention

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Autism Program Funding; Disability Services Money Gives Kids Early Intervention


Byline: Lisa Griffin Lisa.Griffin@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A CENTRE offering assistance and therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will start helping Gladstone families almost immediately thanks to new funding.

Autism Queensland program manager Valerie Preston said the centre would offer family and group-based early intervention programs for children aged under six.

C[pounds sterling]We've been given funding from Disability Services under the Helping Children with Autism program to open two new regional centres, one in Gladstone and one in Mackay,C[yen] Ms Preston said.

C[pounds sterling]We are fortunate in Gladstone that until we secure suitable premises for the centre, we can already work from our Rockhampton office with dedicated Gladstone staff.

C[pounds sterling]They are already contacting families and working on outreach programs.C[yen]

Ms Preston said she was already looking for suitable premises for a centre in Gladstone, which would ultimately host group programs not unlike a specialised kindergarten offering access to allied health services and a pathway for pre-school age children with autism to transition to school.

The number of diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder have risen markedly over the past decades, Ms Preston said. …

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