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Our Approaches

There is no cure for autism. It is a lifelong condition. Also, there is no specific treatment or therapy protocol when it comes to dealing with the condition. As with the spectrum of disorders, there is also a spectrum of treatments and therapies.

While some parents will report marked improvements using a therapy or intervention program, others may find little or no impact upon their child’s condition. Some parents may talk of a child “recovering” from autism, while others will find only an improvement in the day-to-day management of their child’s condition. Currently, no therapy or treatment has been empirically verified. However, research suggests that successful programs contain the same key components:

  • autism specific curriculum content focusing on attention, compliance, imitation, language and social skills
  • need for highly supportive teaching environments and generalisation strategies
  • need for predictability and routine
  • a functional approach to problem behaviours
  • transition from the preschool classroom
  • family involvement*
    (*A review of the Research to Identify the Most Effective Models of Best Practise in the Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dr Jacqueline M. Roberts, Sydney University, 2004)

At Giant Steps, a combination of education and therapy combine in a transdisciplinary model of service delivery across the organisation.