Acorn Autism's Compliance with the NZ Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline

The New Zealand Ministry of Health developed guidelines to provide guidance on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The guidelines were designed to help with informed decision making to improve the health, educational and social outcomes for people with ASD.

Below is a summary of these guidelines, as well as a summary of how Acorn Autism is following them.

Click here for the full New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline

Click here for the supplementary paper focussing on ethnicity

 
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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 practicioners experienced in ASD should undertake diagnostic assessment"

"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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DESCRIPTIONS

"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 whanau is the provision of information about 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 individual with ASD, including linkage or integration and coordination of multiple services"

ACORN AUTISM

Acorn Autism has a relationship with;

  • Autism New Zealand
  • Altogether Autism
  • Children's Autism

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

 

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 on clinician with you on your child's team.


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DESCRIPTION

“Interventions should start early... The child or young person’s programme should be individualised ... and provide a highly supportive environment”

“Formal assessments should always be supplemented by informal assessments which include observations... and interviews with significant adults”

“Services should be available ... in goal-directed activities for 15 to 25 hours per week”

“Generalisation and maintenance needs to be carefully planned”

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...”

“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”

“...person-centred planning, functional assessment, positive intervention strategies, multifaceted interventions...”

“Interventions and strategies based on applied behaviour analysis (ABA) principles should be considered for all 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.

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

“...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.

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