Early intervention services must have an ASD specific content and focus including the practices below:
teaching joint attention skills, play and imitation skills; building functional communication skills. This may include language and Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) such as picture systems, gestures and signing;
Early Intervention services for children under the HCWA strategy must:
have a functional approach to problem behaviours including teaching alternative appropriate skills and positive behaviour support, and communication skills to replace the behaviours of concern.
be designed in collaboration with the family and include family involvement. Through advice and information, families are supported to help their child with play, social and communication skills development, and with the management of challenging and repetitive behaviours.
families, teachers and therapists are to collaborate in preparing the child for transition to school or to another setting.
must provide systematic connection and integration between the early intervention program and the next stage for the child, whether this transition is to school or to another therapeutic or special education setting.
ensure that the child's social, cognitive and/or adaptive functioning before, during and at the end of their treatment plan is systematically evaluated and reported according to the requirements of the Deed of Agreement.
How well do you feel the majority of services (ie. more than 70%) adhere to these guidelines?
Are parents' needs post diagnosis being met with the HWCA eligible interventions?
Yes very well
Not at all well
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The Early Intervention Operational Guidelines outline the therapies eligible for funding under the HCWA package. See the url below for more information on these http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/disability/funding/earlyintervention/operation_guidelines/Pages/default.aspx
Do you have any suggested improvements for the guidelines?
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Are you aware of any specific concerns that the parents you engage with have about any of the eligible interventions?
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your responses will assist in the review of the HCWA funded interventions to ensure that they are comprehensive and in keeping with latest evidence based research and best practice standards