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Irabina is accessible to all young people with Autism and their families. Our eHealth services offer an accessible alternative to travelling for therapy. The eHealth platform allows senior specialist clinicians to deliver autism-specific services to families in their homes or local communities, so that all Australian children and young people have access to our specialised autism services, knowledge and support, no matter what their postcode is.
PARENT TRAINING SERVICES
Parent training programs
We offer a range of programs to provide parents, carers and those who work with challenging behaviours with the right strategies to de-escalate situations, create safe situations and promote positive behaviours.
This program is based on applied behavior principles and helps the parents of children with Autism to manage behaviours such as tantrums, emotional regulation difficulties, non-compliance, difficulties with transitions and physical aggression. Parents are provided with strategies to use at home and are given homework tasks to complete between sessions.
The program is based on applied behaviour principles and helps parents of children with ASD to manage behaviours such as tantrums, emotional regulation difficulties, non-compliance, difficulties with transitions and physical aggression. Parents are provided with strategies to use at home and are given homework tasks to complete between sessions.
Generally, the program runs for 11 core sessions, with some additional optional support based on need/goals.
Duration : 1 hour 40 minutes per session
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES
Occupational therapists work with children and young people, and their families, to achieve their goals and support them to participate in their everyday activities, We have occupational therapists that have completed specialised training programs, including the Early Start Denver Model to better assist children and young people with Autism.
Many children and young people with Autism have sensory processing difficulties, such as sensitivity to or a strong interest in certain textures, noises and smells. This can impact their ability to participate in many daily occupations.
Daily occupations for young children may include:
independence skills – dressing, feeding, toileting and sleeping
play – this may involve motor skills such as running, jumping, hopping, climbing, drawing, writing, cutting, and manipulating toys such as Duplo, wooden blocks and stringing beads
kindergarten or school activities – playing with others, drawing, painting, taking turns, pretend play, opening their lunch box, putting on and taking off shoes and socks, being organised, imitating actions, lining up, sitting and listening.
Irabina’s Occupational Therapy eHealth program:
A range of occupational therapy assessments are available to assist the family and therapist in developing appropriate intervention techniques and strategies for each individual. Assessments look at sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, self-care skills, basic feeding and toileting.
If assessments demonstrate that the child could benefit from occupational therapy, an OT will work with the children and their families via the Coviu eHealth platform to help achieve goals and support children to participate in everyday activities.
During the appointment the OT will provide the parents, carer and family with strategies to assist in building independence skills, play-based development and other activities to improve sensory processing, fine and gross motor skills, self-care and basic feeding intervention.
Psychologists are trained to observe people’s behaviour, thoughts and emotions, and how they respond to different situations. Our psychologists give advice and support to families and other professionals and provide individual behaviour management and psychology therapy.
We have psychologists who have completed specialised training programs, including Applied Behaviour Analysis, the Early Start Denver Model, parenting children with Autism program, and play therapy, to better assist young people with Autism, and their families.
Psychologists can assist with
- - Autism spectrum disorder diagnosis
- - intellectual assessments and adaptive functioning assessments
- - understanding functions of behaviours
- - developing a behaviour management plan with practical strategies
- - managing anxiety and emotions
- - social skills related to making and keeping friends
- - conversation skills
- - understanding feelings.
Irabina eHealth Psychology services include the following programs
Parents, carers and siblings of children with Autism meet with a psychologist to create a program tailored to each family’s specific needs. This includes: advocacy support, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, general support, parental education and support, support with improved daily living and capacity building.
Parent and family-focused support regarding understanding Autism, identifying and communicating the needs of the child with others, advocacy and networking skills.
This is 1:1 support for children usually between ages of 6-18, where Irabina psychologists provide interventions based on needs/goals often using a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy framework. Interventions may include support for emotional regulation, anger management, anxiety, understanding their own needs, recognising and managing their own emotions and counselling.
SPEECH PATHOLOGY Services
Speech pathologists support people to improve their communication skills. This includes skills such as speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, socialisation, fluency and using voice to communicate. We have speech pathologists who have completed specialised training programs, including the Early Start Denver Model and DIR Floortime, to help children or young people with Autism communicate to the best of their ability.
Each child or young person will have different goals to support their unique needs. For example, one person may have no spoken language skills and may not appear to respond when spoken to, whereas another person may have good spoken language skills but have difficulty with conversations, making friends, knowing how to interact with others, and explaining feelings.
Children and young people with Autism commonly benefit from learning how to:
- - express themselves using gestures, pictures/symbols or words
- - pronounce sounds and words clearly
- - put words into sentences
- - use an appropriate volume, pitch and voice quality
- - fluently answer questions, carry on conversations and tell stories
- - develop pretend play skills, so they can play with their peers at pre-school and school
- - communicate in a socially appropriate manner (this may include asking for help rather than screaming or throwing toys, getting a peer’s attention before talking to them, interrupting appropriately and/or staying on topic)
As part of our eHealth Speech Pathology program, we will complete a range of checklists to assess an individual’s language and social communication skills. Some checklists and questionnaires are completed by the parent or teacher before the appointment, while others are completed with the parent and speech pathologist.
- Parents will meet with the speech pathologist via the eHealth online platform.
- The speech pathologist will provide the family support and strategies for the development of play, language and social skills in their child.
Depending on the age and attention span of the child, the speech pathologist may work directly with the child on skills such as articulation and receptive and expressive language
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
Behaviour analysts develop and supervise programs for children and young people with Autism. They use their understanding of behaviour principles to help young people learn new skills and reduce unwanted behaviours. Our behaviour therapies are administered by qualified behaviour therapists.
Our behaviour analysts design programs based on the family and young persons’ goals. This may include focussing on:
- - Behaviour and Coping Skills
- - Communication Skills
- - Social Skills
- - Academic Skills
- - Daily Living Skills
- - Self-Regulation and Understanding Emotions.
Irabina’s eHealth ABA program includes:
ABA Initial Assessments
- - Parents of ABA therapist will meet with the Behaviour Analyst via the Coviu eHealth platform.
- - The behaviour Analyst will direct the parent and/or ABA therapist to perform activities and observe the child to establish a baseline developmental points and understanding of the child’s current skill level.
- - The behaviour analyst will interview the parents via the Coviu eHealth platform for background information and to identify goals.
ABA Program supervision
- - The behaviour analyst will observe an ABA therapist with the child using the Coviu eHealth platform and will modify the program based on observed interaction and data.
- - Data will be collected on a session by session basis by the parents and/or ABA therapist and be provided to the behaviour analyst prior to these sessions.
- - Feedback on progress is able to be reviewed by the behaviour analysts asynchronously (recording of programs provided prior to session) and provided in a feedback session via the Coviu or synchronously (session is observed via the Coviu eHealth platform) and provided in the moment to the parent/ therapist.
BRIEF BEHAVIOUR INTERVENTION (BBI)
The brief behaviour intervention program coaches parents to identify effective behaviour interventions for specific challenging behaviours, and successfully apply these interventions in home and community settings.
This 10-week program consists of weekly 2-hour sessions with a psychologist or board certified behaviour analyst. Both the parent and the child are required at all sessions, which can typically take place in the clinic, home or community, depending on where the challenging behaviour is most prevalent.
In the case of the Irabina eHealth program, the therapist coaches parents to identify effective behaviour interventions for specific challenging behaviours. Therapist observes the child remotely and provide parents with strategies and teach them how to solve difficult situations.
During these sessions, the therapist will rarely work directly with the child; the aim is to help parents solve difficult situations and teach them how to implement specific intervention strategies.
Generally, the program runs for 10 sessions
Book a time with our intake team to discuss your eHealth options