Managing director of Autism Link Rebecca Keysers with her son Kaiser. There’s between 39 and 61 children under the age of 15who have been diagnosed with autism in Lithgow.
That’s according to Autism Link, a new organisation which is focused on ensuring parents with autistic children have access to the help and support they need.
Managing director Rebecca Keysers saidthere are increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with the condition.
“In 2012, there was a 79 per cent increase of people diagnosed with autism since 2009, and it’s becoming even more common,” Ms Keysers said.
“With growing numbers of children being affected by autism, community support is vital to help them lead happy and connected lives.
“Without the correct support services and resources, the quality of life for kids with autism may be detrimentally affected.
“They may feel as though they don’t belong and find it difficult to form friendships.”
Ms Keysers said families with autistic children can find it challenging to find support forthemand may feel isolated within their own communities.
“When my son Kaiser was diagnosed with autism, I had no idea of what therapies or interventions to look for,” Ms Keysers said.
“Parents need help to access services, support groups, information and resources that make a difference to their children’s lives. This is where Autism Link can really help families.”
Ms Keysers said Autism Link provides families with direct access to services, making a distressing time less traumatic.
First launched in Queensland, Autism Link has more than 160 providers listed with a growing number registering across Australia.
The directory includes organisations and community groups focused on everything including early intervention, speech therapy, occupationaltherapy, support groups and respite providers.
Autism Link is available for free to parents, carers and autism professionals at梧桐夜网autismlink南京夜网419论坛.
There’s also an app for mobile phones and tablets which can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.Ms Keysersown experience can be found athttp://autismlink南京夜网419论坛/beck_keysers.php.
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