Help for families living with Autism
MORE than 150 children under 15 years in Coffs Harbour are diagnosed with Autism and they need support.
Families with Autistic children can find it challenging to find support for their kids and may feel isolated within their own communities.
"When my son Kaiser was diagnosed with Autism, I had no idea of what therapies or interventions to look for,” Autism Link managing director Rebecca Keysers said.
"Parents need help to access services, support groups, information and resources that make a difference to their children's lives. This is where Autism Link can really help families.”
Autism figures are on the rise.
In 2012 there was a 79% increase of people diagnosed with the Autism since 2009 and it's becoming even more common.
"With growing numbers of children being affected by Autism, community support is vital to help them lead happy and connected lives,” Rebecca said.
"Without the correct support services and resources, the quality of life for kids with Autism may be detrimentally affected. They may feel as though they don't belong and find it difficult to form friendships.”
Autism Link provides families with direct access to services, making a distressing time less traumatic.
With more than 100 service providers on board and more joining every day, families can overcome challenges and support their children's needs with greater ease.
Autism Link is available for free to parents, carers and Autism professionals at www.autismlink.com.au and for download as a helpful app for phones and tablets on Apple iTunes and Google Play.
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) states the condition affects one in 100 children and can be identified through difficulties in social and communication skills as well as restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviour.