Access the Best Treatments
When a family is hit with a diagnosis of autism, it can often be devastating. While there is time spent grieving and trying to understand what it all means. I see parents pull themselves out of the fog and get in touch with those who can help. Appointments are made with doctors and other professionals. Meetings are attended, vocabularies are built overnight to accommodate the new terminology that goes with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Parents become advocates for their children trying to access the best treatments and as soon as possible.
But what if you don’t live in the city? What if the closest agency has a waiting list of 2 years because resources are so stretched? Families living in the country and rural areas face this challenge on top of everything else. Fortunately, more services are being made available to children outside of metropolitan areas, and TLC is there to help too.
The Learning Clinic Workshop Services
The Learning Clinic offers Workshop services to families who live outside of the Sydney metro area – anywhere in Australia or around the globe. We travel to the family; we find this is more economical and practical than having the family travel to us. We provide training to their teams – often family members and neighbours who want to lend a hand. We meet local professionals (doctors, teachers, speech pathologists). Then contribute to their skill set while increasing general awareness of ASD and effective treatments in those communities.
Once a family has received their initial training, they hit the ground running and implement the individualised Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) program written by one of our consultants. Through the wonders of technology, we are able to minimise travel costs by using skype, webcam, therapy videos and regular phone calls and emails to monitor progress in between face to face visits every 1-3 months.
Our Workshop Team
One such workshop client is four year old Braxton, who I’ve had the privilege of working with since he commenced an ABA program with TLC in mid-2014. He’s a cheeky boy who has always been very good at imitating words but just never chose to do so! Since commencing his program, Braxton has learnt to attend to his teachers, play with his brother, and has made his family extremely proud! He now labels objects and understands colours, shapes, opposites, body parts and simple instructions. What’s more, he’s using these words in his everyday language to communicate his needs and share his experiences. He continues to be curious about new things and is happy to give everything a go; he’s a natural learner!
Our workshop families work hard and don’t allow distance to stop them from helping their kids succeed. They are also very generous with their time when it comes to talking to other workshop families to help them on their journey. One such Supermum is Braxton’s mum Brooke! Brooke is a mum of two, and manages Braxton’s ABA team as well as putting in the hours as one of his therapists. She recently took time out to answer a few questions that a lot of parents ask when they are researching autism treatments and therapies.