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The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Apr 2013

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Title

The Northern Territory news Tue 2 Apr 2013

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2013-04-02

Description

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/244764

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/592280

Page content

24 NT NEWS. Tuesday, April 2, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 -A P R -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 2 4 C O L O R : C M Y K PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS 2nd Tuesday of the month 10am -12pm ASD Support 2nd Tuesday of the month 7pm 9pm Autism Support 2nd Wednesday of the month 7pm 9pm Asperger Support All meetings held at MLA Ken Vowles Office at Rapid Creek For further information contact 8948 4424 Special advertising feature AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l Help each child reach their full potential Autism Northern Territory executive officer Merryn Affleck outside their office at Nightcliff Even every day social activities and outings can be extremely stressful APRIL 2013 has been designated Autism Awareness Month in Australia. Autism NT would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Northern Territory. ASD is an umbrella term used to describe diagnoses including autism and Aspergers syndrome. These are life-long neurodevelopmental disorders which significantly impact on the individualscommunication, both expressive and receptive, as well as socialisation and cognitive abilities including organisational skills and imaginative play. About 75 per cent of people with autism have an intellectual disability. These disorders know no professional, cultural or ethnic boundaries. More recent figures show an increase in prevalence globally and increasingly families/carers live with the impact of ASD as parents, siblings, other family members, family friends or community workers. Data available to Autism NT on the number of young children diagnosed with an ASD is unreliable. However, the 2008 National Prevalence Study of Autism in Australian Children, including NT data, concluded the incidence in the six -to 12-year age group to be one in 160. Anecdotally, the Australian data is now that one in 120 children are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are a number of possible causes being researched including genetic, biochemical, neurological and viral factors. But at the moment the cause or causes is not known. At present there is no medical cure for autism, but early diagnosis followed by structured education and behaviour management intervention will ensure that each child achieves their full potential. Bringing up a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder has a significant effect on the family. Enormous pressure is placed on parents, brothers and sisters as even every day social activities and outings can be extremely difficult and stressful. Current access across the whole of the NT to timely and age-appropriate interventions is fragmented and uncoordinated, programs and services commonly poorly resourced. Families frequently report experiencing frustration and anxiety often increasing isolation as they struggle to juggle the intense needs of their family, fragmented services and work (if they manage to remain in the workforce). There needs to be increased collaboration between the public, private and voluntary services in the NT to promote proactive strategies which are flexible and responsive for these individuals, families/carers and support networks to prevent the need for more expensive crisis responses. Autism specific programs and services can greatly improve outcomes, and it is crucial, where generic services are best placed to provide support for individuals and families who live with an ASD, these services are adequately informed and educated to provide support throughout the NT. Individuals, families and carers must be able to access educational programs and services and co-ordinated family support programs to improve quality of life outcomes for all.


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