The Quirky Kid Clinic is an approved Early Intervention Service Provider under the Helping Children with Autism Package. The early intervention funding, under the Helping Children with Autism package, is aimed at providing increased access to quality early intervention for children aged zero to six with an ASD. The funding supports the delivery of multidisciplinary evidence-based early intervention to facilitate improved cognitive, emotional and social development prior to a child starting school. Eligible families can access services from the panel of Early Intervention Service Providers, like the Quirky Kid Clinic, to cover the cost of early intervention.
To be eligible for the early intervention funding package a child must have been seen by an Autism Advisor and deemed eligible to access the program before their sixth birthday. The $12,000 in funding under the early intervention component can be used until the child’s seventh birthday to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year.
How can families access the funding?
- A child must be diagnosed with an ASD, and a paediatrician must provide the family with a letter to an Autism Advisor
- The Autism Advisor will then provide information regarding eligibility, available funding, early intervention and other support services available.
- Autism Advisors in NSW can be accessed through Autism Spectrum Australia
More about the Autism Package
The Australian Government has committed $190 million for four years up to June 2012 to deliver the Helping Children with Autism package. The package will help address the need for support and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). All initiatives include support for parents, families, carers and children from diverse cultural, linguistic and Indigenous backgrounds and those living in rural and remote areas.
More about FaHCSIA
The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) is the Australian Government’s main source of advice on social policy and manages about one fifth of the federal budget. FaHCSIA works in partnership with other government and non-government organisations managing a diverse range of programs and services designed to support and improve the lives of Australians.