Effective early intervention programs are an important first step for children with autism and other developmental concerns. Early diagnosis followed by individualised early intervention can provide the best opportunities for achieving their potential. Here is some additional information about early intervention services available:
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)
DSS has established a panel of early intervention service providers to deliver evidence based services to eligible children as part of the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package.
You can also contact them via the Early Intervention Helpdesk on:
Phone: 1800 778 581 (located in Perth)
Helpdesk opening hours: AWST (Perth time) from 9:00am -12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm
For other languages, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the Helpdesk for you.
First Steps For Autism
The First Steps For Autism Program offered by the Autism Association of Western Australia, is designed for children aged zero to eight years old.
Medicare items supporting the early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) can be found here: Department of Health HCWA Medicare Items Fact Sheet
TOBY (Therapy Outcomes By You) Autism Therapy App
This unique, best practice iPad app allows parents with newly diagnosed children to start early intervention at home and really take control of their child’s development.
Designed for 2-4 year olds, TOBY contains over 330 Onscreen and Real World (off screen) activities, teaching 52 skills across 4 foundational learning areas.
TOBY 5-7’s has recently been made available to provide therapy for early primary school aged children.
TOBY is evidence-based and has recently been deemed effective after a 2-year clinical trial by Telethon Kids Institute, making it the world’s first app clinically proven to enhance developmental outcomes. For more information about TOBY visit their website, or you can download the apps from iTunes: