Friends of Autism helps Western Australian families who are dealing with the pressures associated with childhood Autism. They help families ensure their home is set up for the children’s individual needs, inform families on how they can help the family unit stay together and have a forum to air their concerns in a safe and caring environment. The long term goal of Friends of Autism is to assist parents with creating a long term management system, allowing their children to become self sufficient in creating their own resources.
WA Charity Direct provided financial assistance to help set up the following:
- Provided an Autism specific library, complete with toys and activities to increase the skills of children with Autism.
- A series of 10 seminars held to teach coping techniques for families affected by Autism. Subjects include: parenting methods, therapy methods, keeping relationships and families together, setting up the home and preparing for the lifestyle changes brought about by the effects of Autism.
- A social story resource centre was founded, where parents are able to use specific Autism software to create social stories for changes in routine, introducing something new or explaining behavioral or personal issues.
Learning packs and visual schedules for 10 families
Friends of Autism