New autism ther­apy hub a city first

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A pri­vately run autism ther­apy ser­vice to help chil­dren with the con­di­tion is planned to be­gin op­er­at­ing in Kar­ratha from next month.

Ther­a­pists from al­lied health ser­vice One Cen­tral Health will be­gin run­ning ap­plied be­hav­iour anal­y­sis ther­apy in Kar­ratha for chil­dren di­ag­nosed on the autism spec­trum from De­cem­ber 1.

OCH, which has a sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus on chil­dren with autism, is based in Tuart Hill in the metropoli­tan area and this will be its first re­gional lo­ca­tion.

The new early in­ter­ven­tion ser­vice is the idea of OCH ther­apy as­sis­tant Tara Nor­man, who said she had no­ticed a lot of chil­dren with autism in the Kar­ratha area since mov­ing to town early this year and saw an op­por­tu­nity to draw on her al­lied health back­ground.

“I’d chat­ted to lo­cals and I’d got­ten to see there was a big gap in the al­lied health in­dus­try in what was avail­able to peo­ple in the Pil­bara,” she said.

“So I wanted to of­fer one of the ser­vices that was not so avail­able here so peo­ple can have early in­ter­ven­tion ther­apy, which they have full ac­cess to in the city but don’t have here.”

Ms Nor­man said she be­lieved this was the first pri­vate autism ther­apy ser­vice in Kar­ratha, which could re­duce ap­point­ment wait times and al­le­vi­ate some of the pres­sure on lo­cal pub­lic health ser­vices.

She said the idea had been made pos­si­ble by strong com­mu­nity sup­port.

Ms Nor­man, OCH se­nior reg­is­tered psy­chol­o­gist and autism as­ses­sor Alana Ma­ley-Berg and another ther­apy as­sis­tant, will be­gin run­ning Kar­ratha ther­apy ap­point­ments out of a hired room in the Frank But­ler Cen­tre in Bul­garra, but are look­ing for more per­ma­nent premises

To book an ap­point­ment or for more in­for­ma­tion, email tara@one­cen­tral­

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