Mum de­vel­ops autism app

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A MOTHER whose son has autism has de­vel­oped an app to pro­vide sup­port for other fam­i­lies with chil­dren di­ag­nosed with the de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­der and links to lo­cal ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Autism Link man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Re­becca Key­sers came up with the app in Orange, New South Wales, af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in find­ing the kind of re­sources her son Kaiser (3) would need.

“When my son Kaiser was di­ag­nosed with autism, I had no idea of what ther­a­pies or in­ter­ven­tions to look for,” said Mrs Key­sers.

She wanted to help other par­ents avoid the stress of find­ing ser­vices for autism in their area.

There was an in­crease of 79 per cent in the num­ber of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with autism from 2009 to 2012 with the con­di­tion af­fect­ing about one in 100 chil­dren.

Stud­ies have shown early in­ter­ven­tion is cru­cial to help­ing a child with autism reach their full po­ten­tial, min­imis­ing the so­cial and be­havioural ef­fects of the dis­or­der.

Mrs Key­sers said with­out the cor­rect sup­port ser­vices and re­sources, the qual­ity of life for kids with autism may be detri­men­tally af­fected.

The free app is avail­able to par­ents, car­ers and autism pro­fes­sion­als from Ap­ple iTunes and Google Play.

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