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Autism as a primary diagnosis accounts for 30% of NDIS participants Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an umbrella term used for a group of conditions including Asperger’s syndrome, autism, pervasive development disorder (PDD) and pervasive development disorder – not otherwise specified (PDDNOS). People who experience ASD often have difficulty with social interactions, emotional regulation, imagination, play and communication. In general, ASD affects: social and peer relationships, sensory processing (either over-responsive, under-responsive or have difficulty in processing sensory information), communication (expressive or receptive skills), attention or learning difficulties, anxiety, and emotional regulation.

Although ASD and autism can present differently in both males and females, each person who experiences ASD is unique. Using child and person centred arts therapy approaches that are focussed on play, creativity and art making, we promote sensory regulation, support psychomotor development, and facilitate improved communication skills. The multi-sensory nature of art materials and the relational aspect of art making or play with the aid of our highly qualified arts therapists is a treatment modality addressing some of the challenges inherent in ASD while enhancing psycho-emotional well-being. We work with you to develop and deliver a customised arts therapy treatment plan in line with NDIS goals and you or your child’s needs.

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