Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects the way an individual relates to their environment and interacts with other people.
ASDs are lifelong developmental disabilities characterised by impairments in social interaction, communication and a lack of flexibility in thinking and behaviour, including restricted, repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behaviour, interests and activities.
Range and severity of developmental challenges occur along a spectrum including autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, Retts syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD-NOS).
Paediatricians, psychologists and psychiatrists play a role in ASD diagnosis.
By observing and meeting with the individual, their family and service providers, they can make assessment based on factors such as the individuals level of social interaction, communication and behaviours.
Each person diagnosed with ASD has different challenges, strengths and abilities.
Interchange Australia's ASDESI program (Autism Spectrum Disorder Education, Support and Information) provides a range of education, support and information services for families caring for a young person (up to 18 years) with an ASD to maximise the potential of each child and family.
The ASDESI program uses a family-based model to identify ASD-related challenges and develop collaborative family strategies to manage these challenges.
Parents are supported and empowered to become the 'expert' and to optimise their capacity in supporting their children achieve their potential.
During each school holiday break, the ASDESI program runs the ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub.
Local kids...experience a wide range of fun, exciting and engaging activities and outings.
Local kids diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder experience a wide range of fun, exciting and engaging activities and outings. Siblings are also welcome to attend.
The ASDESI Holiday Kids Klub provides an opportunity for the kids to socialise and make new friends.
During these school holidays, the kids travelled to Featherdale Wildlife Park, Flip Out and to the movies.
The ASDESI program supports over 35 local families each year.
Not only has it delivered positive outcomes for children with ASD, it has immensely supported the families of those children.
The ASDESI Program would not exist without ongoing support of the Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids.