Tag: Austism Spectrum Disorders

A new face at Quirky Kid Sydney

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

We are proud to introduce Julie Co as our new Early Intervention Specialist. Julie will be coordinating the service delivery for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental difficulties in collaboration with our psychology team.

Julie Co has had extensive training and experience as a senior applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapist and is currently working on gaining her registration as a provisional psychologist. She has been providing early intervention for children on the spectrum since 2004 and draws on her skills and current research to develop and implement individualised early intervention programs and strategies. Her full biography is available on our website.

With a focus on outcome, functionality, and practicality, Julie provides ABA therapy as part of a well-rounded intervention program that targets various aspects of the child’s daily life. Such as:

  • Behaviour management and cognitive development
  • Developing social skills and communication

About our early intervention:

We recognise the growing need for effective and well coordinated Early Intervention Services for children with an ASD and will focus on delivering individualised and outcome-focused programs for our clients in Sydney and Wollongong. This initiative will include the following:

  • Delivering individualised intervention programs and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy in the clinic, home, and school settings;
  • Facilitating specialised workshops for parents, carers, siblings and families;
  • Facilitating “The Best of Friends” and other Quirky Kid programs.

Visit our Early Intervention page: https://childpsychologist.com.au/service/early-intervention.

If you would like more information about Quirky Kid Clinic, Julie Co, our Early Intervention Services or another enquiry, we would love to hear from you. Please call us on +61 2 9362 9297 or contact us.

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Asperger’s Disorder

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

What is Asperger’s Disorder?

Children with Asperger’s Disorder have a marked and ongoing impairment in social interaction, and they develop restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests and activities. In contrast to Autism, there are no significant delays in language acquisition and development. During the first three years of the child’s life, there are no significant delays in cognitive development, and they experience normal curiosity about their environment.

They do not experience significant difficulty in acquiring age-appropriate learning skills and adaptive behaviours, apart from social interaction. Children with Asperger’s Disorder may show a marked impairment in non-verbal behaviours such as eye to eye gaze, facial expression, body postures and gestures.  They may have difficulty regulating social interaction and communication with others.

What should I look for?

  • Does your child have difficulty expressing him/herself using non-verbal behaviours like eye contact, facial expressions, body postures and hand gestures?
  • Does your child have difficulty developing and maintaining friendships?
  • Does your child have difficulty sharing their enjoyment, interests or achievements with others?
  • Does your child lack emotional exchanges with others?
  • Is your child preoccupied with one particular topic of interest at a level that seems unreasonable for his/her age?
  • Is your child inflexible in following set routines or rituals?
  • Does your child have repetitive body movements, such as hand or finger flapping or twisting?
  • Is your child persistently preoccupied with parts of objects, rather than the entire object?

How can the Quirky Kid Clinic help your child?

The Quirky Kid Clinic is a unique place for children and adolescents aged 2-18 years. We work from the child’s perspective to help them find their own solutions.  If you suspect your child may be showing signs of Asperger’s Disorder, or if your child already has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder, you might consider one of the following options:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.
  • Book an individual session with our experienced Child Psychologists
  • Register for a  Social Skills group or ASD specific workshop
  • Contact us for more information

The Quirky Kid Clinic is part of the FaHCSIA Early Intervention Service Provider Panel for the Helping Children with Autism Package and intervention can be claimed as part of this funding.

Reference:

American Psychiatric Association:Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

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