Helping your autistic toddler thrive

Helping your autistic toddler thrive

Whilst substantial progress has been made globally in autism education, autism research, autism therapies and autism early intervention.  It is a known fact that not all products available to families, address the core deficits of ASD equally.

Identifying appropriate interventions for your child can be very overwhelming and at times even frustrating for families.  Interventions can also become very costly.

Helping your autistic toddler thrive means understanding that every child diagnosed with autism has a totally unique set of strengths and difficulties.  It means knowing that there is no “one-intervention-fits-all” approach and it means not waiting to get your child the help they need.

Helping your autistic toddler thrive means placing them in a specialist school or therapy centre that offers a multidisciplinary approach, one which has:

  • expert staff with specialist autism experience,
  • a structured day,
  • visual aids and assistive communication devices,
  • a strong and diverse therapy program,
  • easy access to comprehensive therapeutic input,
  • structured and personalised learning opportunities,
  • a broad and varied curriculum that covers academic development as well as one that addresses the core deficits children with autism have, and
  • a good skills for daily living program.

The ideal environment will furthermore be one that offers both group intervention as well as 1:1 therapy sessions because group learning encourages social communication in a natural setting.  It gives the child a sense of belonging, control and purpose and offers the child the opportunity to make friends.

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Ilse Kilian-Ross

Ilse Kilian-Ross is the owner of Amazing K, a registered ECD and Partial Care Facility in Johannesburg. Amazing K is a private adhd school, autism school and therapy centre for children from age 2 - 6 years where learners receive the best of both the schooling and therapy world. The autism school offers Individualized Education Programs, Speech- and Augmentive Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy as well as a full and adapted Academic Curriculum.