Assessment & Therapies
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Diagnostic assessment service
Questions to ask a Paediatrician:
The ACN has created this document to provide parents with some guidance on the first steps to take or options available when your child has just been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It has been created by other parents with children on the spectrum who have been navigating the world of autism support and services themselves for some time.
This information is provided to offer parents new to the diagnosis with some options. Like you, we are parents who have felt the devestation of a dagnosis of autism. We are not professionals and do not provide profesional advice. Just some tips to help you get started without the confusion parents feel when they need to navigate this path.
We recommend you look further into any of these or discuss them with your appropriate advisors before proceeding.
ASPECT have developed a suite of resources for families. For a hard copy of any of these packs just contact the Aspect Information Line on 1800 277 328
The following packs can be accessed on the ASPECT website www.autismspectrum.org.au or by clicking the links provided below:
Finger dexterity and in-hand manipulation exercises.
Here are a number of activities which an O.T. has previously recommended to us to help our child's dexterity.
Rolling up balls of playdough or paper, with thumb and first two fingers
Roll a ball of sticky tape along from index to little finger.
Craft or making pictures with rice, stickers, ie. small objects picked up singularly.
Use tweezers to play placing games
Use tongs to catch balls of socks being thrown.
Peel off stickers or sticker pictures
Turn a coin in finger tips
Move coin in finger tips
Paper folding or origami
Making model aeroplanes or other types of models.
Sewing cards, knitting, crochet or macrame. Very thick wool may be used.
Platting hair, friendship bracelets
Playdough, plasticine or clay, make small models and sculptures