Teaming up for all the right reasons

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Teaming up for all the right reasons

With more and more families turning to Ability Centre to find the support they need, its team are constantly challenging themselves to come up with engaging and effective therapies for people and families living with autism.

Drawing on a collective of speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, equipment technicians and sleep solution experts the approach is simple; customise individual plans for individual needs.

“No two people are the same, so their therapy plans should be individualised. With the vast range of programs we offer, we’re able to benefit our customers, their families and carers, and the wider community as well,” said Ability Centre Speech Pathologist Charlene Freedman.

A snapshot of services include a combination of play based programs and interactive therapy to organise and balance sensory inputs, and regulate emotional behaviour; exercise programs to help with physical and social development; a picky eaters group; sleep programs that benefit the whole family; a range of services and supports to enhance language and communication development; and even a bike riding group to help with strength development and confidence building.

There are also groups where therapists assist parents and families to develop tools and techniques to help their children function better at home and in the community.

Ability Centre programs are also offered in schools where teachers, education assistants and in some cases classmates are taught the best way to support individual children with autism.

Nearly 190 adults and children with Autism are supported by Ability Centre in Western Australia, with more families assisted every year. Ability Centre therapy and other support services are offered across the Perth metropolitan area with a dedicated country team servicing regional WA.