Aspect Therapy has over 30 years’ experience delivering best practice intervention to children aged 0-7 years on the autism spectrum. Aspect delivers services under a person-centred, family-focussed approach, which places a strong emphasis on building capacity within the child’s support network. Aspect continues to pioneer the development of innovative early childhood intervention programs through its early intervention service.
Aspect Therapy employs speech pathologists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, social workers and psychologists to deliver the evidence-based, trans-disciplinary framework of support. Our service is guided by the Aspect Comprehensive Approach, and aligns with the ECIA National Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention and the NDIS Practice Standards for Early Childhood Early Intervention Supports.
Our staff share a commitment to working collaboratively with each other when supporting a child and family. This collaborative team approach requires our staff to work together across discipline boundaries to design, implement, review and evaluate programs and interventions that will support the achievement of optimum outcomes for young children on the autism spectrum and their families.
Individualised Early Childhood Support
Individualised early childhood programs support the child’s development of functional skills in order to participate meaningfully and be included in everyday environments with their families and peers. Our family-centred and culturally inclusive programs are delivered by speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and early childhood teachers and can be conducted in the child’s natural environment such as home, preschool or out in the community, as well as alternative environments such as in an Aspect playgroup or clinic-based setting, or online using video-conferencing.
Children and their families receive intervention support that is outcome-based and goal-focused, and can target a broad range of areas including play and social skills, speech and language development, pre-academic development, sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, toilet training and self-care, behaviour, anxiety and much more. Our staff acknowledge the strengths, skills and abilities of all family members, and work in collaboration with the child’s support team including family, educators and other early intervention service providers. Our individualised programs aim to build capacity within this support team to support and generalise the child’s learning and development of skills across environments.
Building Tots Program
The Aspect Building Tots Early Childhood Development Program targets children aged 2-4 years, showing developmental concerns and/or early signs of autism but are not attending an early childhood education setting. The program’s objective is to identify these children, provide home-based intervention support for families and to facilitate the successful transition of the child into an early childhood education setting.
The program is staffed by highly skilled professionals from Autism Spectrum Australia including early childhood teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists. The program offers the following services:
Building the Foundations Home-based Program
Including developmental screening using validated screening tools, early intervention support, and transition planning into early childhood education (six home-based sessions).
Including up to three visits to the early childhood education setting to discuss setting up an autism-friendly environment and individualised support strategies to facilitate a smooth transition.
Building Tots Playgroup
A weekly playgroup running from 9:30-11am during school terms. The playgroup is for families who are enrolled in the Building the Foundations Home-Based Program but are not yet enrolled in an early childhood setting. The playgroup program includes outdoor play, morning tea, group time, craft, and indoor structured playtime.
Aspect Therapy Participant Handbook - July 2020