New autism therapy hub a city first
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
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