Autism WA site se­cured

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

Af­ter re­port­ing ear­lier this month that Autism WA would be mov­ing to the area, the

Tele­graph can re­veal the ser­vice will be lo­cated in East Waikiki.

Op­er­at­ing out of the East Waikiki Par­ent and Child Cen­tre, the fa­cil­ity will be open once a week, with hopes to ex­pand to a stand­alone fa­cil­ity.

So far 10 of the 20 spa­ces have been filled, with the of­fi­cial open­ing sched­uled for July 21.

Autism As­so­ci­a­tion of WA Early In­ter­ven­tion Ser­vices man­ager Kate Cameron said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was ex­cited to be mov­ing to the area.

“We are aware that there are more than 300 chil­dren and ado­les­cents in the area with autism and we are very aware of the need for sup­port ser­vices,” she said.

“The clos­est cen­tre to the Bal­divis and Rock­ing­ham area is our East Fre­man­tle cen­tre and for some fam­i­lies the drive is just not pos­si­ble within their daily rou­tines, so we’re re­ally ex­cited to be able to avoid them hav­ing to go through that and be able to pro­vide lo­cal ser­vices for them.”

The Rock­ing­ham cen­tre will of­fer Autism WA’s First Step for Autism pro­gram, which en­com­passes its early in­ter­ven­tion pro­gram that has been run­ning for 25 years, with 10 staff mem­bers on board.

“The way that the pro­gram runs is pro­vid­ing that in­ten­sive group and in­di­vid­ual-based ther­apy for each child so that they are as ready as they can be to start full-time school­ing,” Ms Cameron said.

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