Children

Autism Spectrum Disorders are connected by a set of traits affecting three areas of development: Children with an ASD may have difficulty:

  1. Social interaction Skills
    • Engaging with other children or adults
    • With joint attention such as following eye gaze or a point to see what someone is looking at
    • Pointing to show interest but may point to something they want
    • Responding to their name
    • With “Theory of Mind”, in other words, being able to take someone else’s perspective with relationships that are truly reciprocal in nature (eg. Not actively participating in simple social play or games, preferring solitary activities, or involving others in activities only as tools or “mechanical” aids)
    • Spontaneously seeking to share enjoyment, interest, or achievements with other people (eg. By a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest in other people)
  2. Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Skills
    • Have a delay in, or total lack of, the development of spoken language (not accompanied by an attempt to compensate through alternative modes of communication such as gesture or mime)
    • Have difficulty initiating or sustaining a conversation with others
    • Use stereotyped and repetitive language or idiosyncratic language (eg. Unique to them)
    • Have a lack of varied or spontaneous make-believe play (may play differently than their peers)
  3. Behaviour
    • Have highly specific and focused interests
    • Have persistent preoccupation with parts of objects
    • Be inflexible with regard to routines or rituals
    • Have stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (eg. Hand or finger flapping or twisting, or whole-body movements)

Referrals

Referral to Kerry’s Place Autism Services Community Services may be made by a parent, doctor, and/or other agency/school board (with written permission from parents).  All persons referred to Kerry’s Place Autism Services must have proof of diagnosis within the Spectrum of Autism.

Consultation

An Autism Consultant meets with the individual and family to help them identify, develop, implement and evaluate effective program strategies to deal with a specific situation or to teach a new skill. Through this process, the consultant assists the parents in acquiring specialized knowledge and skills to supplement the knowledge the family already possess regarding their child with Autism.  The Autism Consultants will also help families keep connected to the community processes, letting them know what is new at Kerry’s Place Autism Services as well as in the community where they live.