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) Early Intervention Providers, Department of Social Services
- Department of Health: HCWA Medicare Items Fact Sheet
- Autism Advisor Program: Early Intervention Funding
- Eligibility for Government Funding fact sheet
TOBY Autism App
It can be an anxious time when a child is diagnosed with autism. Autism West has worked with Deakin University and a team of experienced allied health professionals to develop TOBY to help parents begin and maintain ongoing therapies.
TOBY stands for Therapy Outcomes By You.
This unique, best practice app for iPad allows parents with newly diagnosed children to start some early intervention at home and really take control of their child’s development.
TOBY’s 330 activities are both Onscreen and Real World and teach 52 skills across 4 foundation learning areas. 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.
TOBY 5-7’s has recently been made available to provide therapy for early primary school aged children.