Aspect Therapy employs over 250 allied health and education professionals including speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and early childhood intervention teachers.
Therapy services and supports can be delivered individually or in small groups with flexibly-designed programs based on what individuals and families want. Therapy services are delivered in a location of the individual and families choosing and may be natural environments such as home or school, or more formal clinic-based settings where available.
Individuals, and their families and local support network are involved in all aspects of decision making and are allocated a single main point of contact to coordinate the right supports. We use a transdisciplinary, person-centred and family focussed approach, based on evidence-based practices.
Speech Pathologists assess and treat individuals who have difficulties with communication. The Speech Pathologist works with individuals, parents and other support persons to design an intervention program that best meets the communication needs of the individual on the autism spectrum. Interventions are designed to develop the individual’s language, play, and social communication skills. This may involve developing joint and shared attention, teaching communication intent, teaching the individual ways to communicate through the use of augmentative and alternative communication strategies such as photographs, pictures and signs, developing the individual’s listening skills and comprehension, turn taking, conversation skills, and the use and understanding of facial expression and body language.
The Speech Pathologist provides information, guidance and resources to assist carers and others to foster and promote the development of communication skills and to help the individual’s understanding of language and the world around them.
- Teaching functional receptive and expressive communication skills
- Speech and articulation delays, verbal dyspraxia, stuttering, swallowing and feeding assistance
- Implementing visual communication strategies (including augmentative communication as appropriate) promoting expressive and receptive communication
- Developing social stories to increase a child’s understanding of social situations and to aid appropriate response to social cues
- Teaching strategies that promote play and positive social relationships
Occupational Therapists support individuals and families to participate in the activities of their daily life. These activities may include self-care tasks, playing with others, fine motor and gross motor activities and engaging in school or work tasks. Occupational Therapists work with individuals to develop the skills needed to engage in functional activities, whilst also considering adaptation of tasks and the environment. They also support the understanding of an individuals sensory preferences and differences that impact upon the tasks they need to engage in. The Occupational Therapist works with individuals, parents and others to develop an intervention program that best meets the individual’s goals in order to develop independence. The Occupational Therapist provides information, guidance and resources to assist the individual, parents and others to foster and promote the development of these skills and to help the individual participate meaningfully and independently in the activities of their daily life.
- Understanding and managing sensory needs and preferences
- Development of fine and gross motor skills
- Development of self-care skills including toileting, dressing, sleeping, grooming and management of restricted eating
- Play and social interaction
- Emotional regulation
- Effective learning and organisational skills
Psychology and Social Work
Psychologists have expertise in how people think, feel and behave. Psychologists focus interventions upon helping families, and others to manage behaviours of concern, and helping individuals to develop skills to improve social interactions and to regulate emotions. The Psychologist assists parents, carers and others to gain a greater understanding of the individual’s autism and the impact this may have upon their learning, development and behaviour. This assists them to develop skills to respond positively and appropriately to the individual’s needs. The Psychologist works with parents and others to develop and implement a plan to assist them to positively manage behaviour, to help the individual to manage emotional difficulties such as anxiety or anger, to help the individual develop self-regulation skills, and/or to assist the individual to develop skills for socialising with their peers and adults. Interventions are designed to improve the individual’s ability to form and maintain positive social relationships.
The Psychologist provides information, guidance and resources to assist parents and others to foster and promote the individual’s social and emotional coping skills and to help them interact positively with others.
- Emotional regulation skills including assistance to manage thoughts, feelings and emotions
- Development of positive social interactions for children and adolescents.
- Anxiety management
- Learning More about Me - explaining the diagnosis
- Positive Behaviour Support planning
- Support for carers/partners/siblings to better understand individuals with autism
- Relationships and sexuality
Education and Skill Development
Educators are specialist teachers with a strong knowledge base across all areas of a child’s development and learning. Early Childhood Intervention Educators focus interventions upon the child’s participation in the activities, experiences and opportunities afforded young children as part of daily living. They may work individually with children and their parents and carers and/or they may design and deliver specific group programs for young children on the autism spectrum. They have expertise in planning for, including, and supporting children in a range of education environments and they may also work with others to incorporate children’s individual goals into a variety of early education settings.
The Early Childhood Intervention Teacher works with parents and others in homes and community settings to develop and implement a plan to support a child’s successful participation in family and community life. Interventions are designed to improve the child’s functional skills and to strengthen the capacity of others to foster the child’s learning and development and his/her inclusion in the routines, activities and places of everyday life. They provide information, guidance and resources to assist parents and others to maximize the child’s engagement, learning and meaningful participation in a range of day-to-day activities and opportunities.
- Teaching early critical behaviours and skills including imitation, shared and joint attention, early communication skills, enjoying social play, and adaptive skills
- Helping parents to turn everyday activities into learning opportunities
- Promoting and supporting inclusion of children on the autism spectrum within mainstream early education settings
- Developing a plan to support a smooth transition into school by assisting in the development and implementation of adaptations and supports
- Communication and collaboration with service providers