After going to the monthly Asperger meeting last year, I found out about this great advocate group.
Parent to Parent provides families with disability specific information and assistance to make informed decisions. I had a lovely lady come out and advise me on places to contact. I spoke to her about my concerns for Matthew. Even though both the boys had been diagnosed at the same time, Samuel with Asperger and Matthew with Autism and ADHD, because Samuel was only 4 years old he was lucky because he was entitled to Helping Children with Autism package.
The Helping Children with Autism initiative aims to address the considerable need for support and services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.
The initiatives in the package are delivered by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). They total $146 million and fall into two key categories:
- increased access to early intervention services for children aged 0-7
- education and support for families and carers of children with ASD.
Early intervention funding
Under the recently-revised early intervention component of the package, all eligible children up to the age of seven will have access to early intervention funding of up to $12,000 (up to $6000 per financial year), regardless of whether they have commenced school. Eligibility will be determined by an Autism Advisor on a case-by-case basis using nationally consistent criteria. Eligible children need to have been diagnosed and registered with an Autism Advisor before their sixth birthday to receive funding.
Families of eligible children can spread the funding over the course of a financial year or use it within a short period of time. Parents who had previously lost access to their early-intervention funding when their child turned six are now eligible for an additional 12 months to use these funds.
So with Samuel we have been accessing Speech Therapy and a Psychologist. We have also been able to get an Ipad and Camera. Each financial year we can can only use $2000 on resources and the rest on therapies and education workshops. This was so good but we couldn't get help for Matthew, who I think needs more help with different Therapies.
One of the places that the lady from Parent 2 Parent suggest we call was Disabilities QLD. So at the beginning of this year I go in contact with them.
Evolve offer: Children and young people with challenging behaviour and/or significant emotional needs as a result of past trauma and abuse are at risk of, or have already experienced increased breakdown in their placement with carers, disruptions in schooling and lack of continuity in their relationships with peers, carers and other significant people in their lives. A referral to Evolve is aimed at assisting children to reduce the intensity and frequency of problem behaviours in order to:
- improve their functioning and provide opportunities to achieve stability with their out-of-home care placements
- increase involvement in schooling
- improve community engagement and activities designed to facilitate their well being.
This is where the phone call came in. We recieved a phone call to say that we were going to get a spring free trampoline. Similiar to the one below. This will make a big difference for Matthew who seems to really need to jump. We have had ones in the past but due to being quiet cheap didn't last very long with 5 kids. I just pray that this one will be able to stand the test of time. I think it will be coming on the 7th of July, so in the school holidays.
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