Autism WA site secured
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.