November 10, 2015
ARTICLE:

What do you do after a diagnosis of Autism?

By Tommy Tran

Diagnosis_Autism846x528

Autism is a condition where children have difficulties with their social interactions as well as having restricted or repetitive interests. The incidence of autism has slowly increased which may be related to better identification and awareness in the community, but may also be due to a general increase in the condition. Currently approximately one in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism and it is more common in boys at a ratio of approximately 3:1. 

With more people being diagnosed with Autism, what do you need to do after your child has been given a diagnosis? This can sometimes be an overwhelming task with lots of conflicting information available on the Internet. Below is a list of services that become available following a diagnosis of autism.

  • The autism advisor program provides access to the Helping Children with Autism Package, if the diagnosis is made before 6 years. Their phone number is 1800 428 847
  • The HCWA package provides $12,000 of funding to be used before the age of seven, with a maximum of $6000 per year. It can be used for resources, as well as therapy.
  • Early intervention providers such as speech and occupational therapists need to be registered to provide services. You can check if your provider is registered at this website
  • For any children diagnosed with Autism,  there are an additional 20 allied health sessions available with Medicare rebates to be used before the age of 15.
  • For children who have not started school they will be able to access an Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) run by education Queensland. For a list of schools you can visit this website. This is a prep readiness program to help children get ready for school.
  • For children who are attending school they can access and Education Adjustment Program (EAP) which provides extra funding to support your child at school. It also allows access the the Special Education Unit at certain schools.
  • Your child will also be eligible for a carers allowance and healthcare card through centre link. Ask your Allied health or doctor to complete a medical report.
  • Autism Queensland have lots more group programs and resources available.

As you can see this can be a daunting process however it will be worthwhile in the long run. There may be other services that can be accessed, and the information above is a guide only. Should you have any questions remember to talk to your allied health professional or doctor.

Have you used our service? We are always looking for ways to improve so please take the time to complete our survey.

 

Returning to School and Sport ...
Last week I blogged about head injury and the differences that can be observed between cases of mild head trauma and moderate to severe head ...
Head Injury
For all children part of growing up means falls and scrapes, bumps and bruises.  Normal active children will all have their fair share of minor ...
Angry Kids
Hi there parents and carers! This has been a really tricky article to write.  There are so many reasons why kids can present as “angry” or ...
Breast or Formula… What is ...
Choosing whether to breast or formula feed your bub is one of hardest decisions to make as a new or expecting parent.
Growing Pains
This is a blog that I have had half-written for ages.  A good friend and colleague of mine who is a paediatric physiotherapist (that’s you ...
How to make a healthy lunchbox
Whether you’re making your own lunchbox, or you’re making one for the youngest members of your household, it should be a snapshot of a normal day of healthy eating.
Molluscum Contagiosum
“Molluscum contagiosum”  – sounds so cool…. like something out of a Harry Potter book doesn’t it? Maybe the utterance you use to ...
Dr Megs' Top 5 Tips for Study ...
I was inspired to write this post by talking to my big sister about my gorgeous little niece.  She is in Grade 7 and is a little high-flyer – does ...
Working with children with ...
Where do you start when, as a parent, you’re worried about your child?
Acne
Hello and WELCOME to “Adolescent Health Month” here at Dr Megs – Paeds & Feeds!!! I am wa-AAAY too excited not to start this very (in ...
What can I do with my child’s ...
What is hay fever? Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is caused by allergy to environmental inhalants like pollens (grasses or trees), dust mite, animal ...
How is ADHD diagnosed?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common reasons for referral to a paediatrician. Sometimes parents are worried, ...
Is your child ready to start ...
Is your child is halfway through their kinder year and you're not sure if things are okay with their development or behaviour? Have you been ...
How is ASD diagnosed?
Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are now on everyone's radar thanks to increasing awareness and understanding that early intervention ...
Absence Seizures (Petit Mal ...
“Blanking out” or “zoning out” is a behaviour that is commonly reported to paediatricians by parents who are concerned about their children.  ...
What does a developmental ...
Have you ever wondered why your child does things that just don’t seem right or exhibits behaviour that you haven’t observed in other ...
What's the difference between a ...
General paediatricians can treat (or are involved in the care of) most medical and developmental problems in children; it's a skillset in itself ...
Cellulitis
Helloooooo again everyone! Today, I’m blogging about a very common but potentially very serious problem that affects SKIN. Those of you who ...
Cradle Cap
Both my kids had mild cradle cap.  I knew it was completely harmless and would go away on its own, but was one of “those parents” who could not ...
Tics
Ticks are disgusting little parasites that I have pulled out of the scalp or from behind the ear of many a child that has come through kids emergency ...