The objective of the EDUCARE Early Intervention Program is to focus on developing social play skills and functional communication for children who experience Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
The main focus is on preparing the children for everyday life, as well as a successful transition to school.
The Program has a strong family-centred approach where goals and plans are developed by EDUCARE clinicians, in partnership with the families of the children. By embracing collaboration, a consistent approach is developed to address behaviour, language, social and literacy skills development.
As an approved diagnostic centre for Autism, the services are delivered by a range of in-house specialists including Psychiatrists; Clinical, Educational and Child Psychologists; Speech-Language Pathologists; Occupational Therapists; and Specialist Support Teachers.
Families may access these Early Intervention Services at EDUCARE with Medicare support or through the new Disabilities Care Australia program; or by accessing the ‘Helping Children with Autism’ package funded by the Commonwealth Government.
All eligible children under the age of six years have access to the early intervention funding regardless of whether or not they have commenced school.
Some of the objectives as are follows:
- Developing self regulation skills
- Developing social skills
- Fostering emotional wellbeing
- Developing gross and fine motor skills
- Developing communication and language skills
- Establishing foundational skills for learning
- Fostering play and imitating skills
- Advancing daily living skills
- Generalising skills across environments
- Preparing for school transition