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Description:

“Early identification of children with autism spectrum disorder is essential” “all services are provided in a timely manner”

“Multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners experienced in ASD should undertake diagnostic assessment of young people and adults suspected of having ASD”

“The intellectual, adaptive and cognitive skills associated with ASD should be seriously considered”

 

Acorn Autism:

Acorn Autism aims to provide access to a diagnostic team by the end of 2018. Currently, the public health system can see children waiting up to 12 months for a diagnostic assessment. Our team will consist of a Paediatrician and Speech Language Pathologist. A Clinical Psychologist will also be available if the family chooses, and/or if advised by the team.


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Description:

“ASD-related counselling and/or advocacy services and education should be available to all family members and carers”

“A key service to support families and whānau is the provision of information about ASD”

“Sensory issues in people with ASD should be identified and appropriately assessed by occupational therapists with experience in ASD”

“Families and service users should have direct involvement in planning and implementation of service provision”

“A coordinated approach to planning and implementing services should be developed to meet the identified needs of an individual with ASD, including linkage or integration and coordination of multiple services”

 

Acorn Autism:

Acorn Autism has relationships with;

  • Autism New Zealand
  • ltogether Autism
  • hildren’s Autism

Alongside these organisations, we can provide families with access to information and support services to suit their needs.

Acorn Autism has an Occupational Therapist that can assess sensory difficulties.

Parents, primary caregivers and clients are part of the child’s team alongside clinicians. Clinicians will work with you to determine the best therapy plan for your family based on your chosen goals, as well as their expertise and experience.

It is the preference of Acorn Autism to provide a transdisciplinary team approach ie. more than one clinician with you on your child’s team.


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Description:

“Interventions should start early, as soon as significant developmental delay is recognised, and be proactive. The child or young person’s programme should be individualised and designed to engage the child or young person and provide a highly supportive environment”

 

“Formal assessments should always be supplemented by informal assessments which include observations across a variety of settings and activities and interviews with significant adults”

“Services should be available to ensure a young child is appropriately engaged across a variety of home, educational and community settings in goal-directed activities for 15 to 25 hours per week”

“Generalisation and maintenance needs to be carefully planned”

“There is no evidence that any single model is effective for teaching every goal to all children with ASD. Models should be chosen to fit the characteristics of the child and the learning situation”

Acorn Autism:

Acorn Autism provides individualised plans for every child based on assessment, observation, and family goals.

Acorn Autism supports families to learn strategies for use outside of the clinic to ensure generalisation across environments.

Acorn Autism provides access to multiple clinicians to ensure your child receives the best therapy option for them.

 


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Description:

“Treatment should encourage functional development, teach skills for independent living, and minimise stress for the person with ASD, and their family and whānau.”

“Treatment plans should be comprehensive, and include behavioural needs, educational interventions, psychosocial treatments, communication, environmental and systems issues”

“Professionals, people with ASD, family, whānau and carers should work together to evaluate treatment approaches before and during implementation.”

“All behavioural interventions should be of good quality and incorporate the following principles: person-centred planning, functional assessment, positive intervention strategies, multifaceted interventions, focus on environment, meaningful outcomes.”

“Interventions and strategies based on applied behaviour analysis (ABA) principles should be considered for all children with ASD”

“Early intensive behavioural intervention (EIBI) should be considered as a treatment of value for young children with ASD “

Acorn Autism:

Acorn Autism uses evidence-based practice throughout the assessment and therapy process. Intervention goals are developed with the clinician/s and family, using types of therapy that have been proven effective with many individuals.

Evidence-based practice integrates;

  • Clinical expertise/opinion
  • External scientific evidence / research
  • lient and family interests, needs, and choices

Acorn Autism provides access to a best practice transdisciplinary approach i.e. more than one clinician working together for the same child, on the same plan. Our clinicians are able to work collaboratively on the same plan using evidence-based practices.

Parents, primary caregivers and clients are part of the team alongside clinicians. Clinicians will work with you to determine the best therapy plan for your family based on your chosen goals, as well as their expertise and experience.


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Description:

“People having regular contact with children and young people with ASD should be screened for safety, and paid staff should be appropriately trained, supported and supervised.”

Acorn Autism:

Clinical staff at Acorn Autism are required to complete a certain amount of professional development specific to Autism Spectrum Disorder each year. This is documented and monitored by the clinical manager.

 


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Description:

“Agencies should ensure that members of staff have current and ongoing good quality education in ASD and those agency procedures should incorporate best practice in ASD.”

“Different professional groups and multidisciplinary teams should be given the opportunity to train together.”

“In addition to workshops and seminars, all professionals and paraprofessionals who are learning new skills should be offered opportunities for practice, coaching and feedback.”

Acorn Autism:

Clinical staff at Acorn Autism are required to complete a certain amount of professional development specific to Autism Spectrum Disorder each year. This is documented and monitored by the clinical manager.

Staff have regular meetings where they bring articles or research and discuss as a transdisciplinary team. Supervision is provided within the clinical team.