Strive For Autism has collated a series of resources aimed to provide information and support to our local community. We are continually growing our directory - You can explore this online resource here:
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.
The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
The NDIS gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.
The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
NDIS Resources & links here:
St Vincent De Paul Society
Rachel Lawrie - 0432003258
Local Area Coordinator - Hunter New England on Behalf of NDIS.
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Dentist – Dr Peter King ( Special Needs and Childrens Dentistry)
Suite 7, 70 Northcott Dr, Kotara Phone: 49539666
- Speech Therapy
Speech Therapy – The Communication Clinic Speech Pathology Services
PO Box 2030 Greenhills 2323, Phone: 49338694 Email: email@example.com
- All areas Speech Pathology – Several locations including Cessnock 1300787136 or Head Office
Children’s Speech and Language Development Centres Singleton and Branxton
Contact: 0498 123 153
- Cessnock/Kurri Kurri Health Services
Speech Pathology Department
Kurri Kurri: 4936 3243
- Communicating Kids
- See n Speak:
Address: Baulkham Hills NSW
Phone: 0432 684 704
Psychology – Dr Lee Sturgeon
Suite4, 41 Charles St Warners Bay NSW 2282 Phone: 49471777
John Waring – Child and Adolescent psychologist Maitland NSW Phone: 49347000
Dr Andrew Wilkinson, Clinical Psychologist at Beam Services
“All children and young people should be able to live a bright life”
- Occupational Therapy – The Sensory Clinic
220 High Street Maitland NSW 2320, Phone: 49339986, Email: admin@the sensoryclinic.com
Hunter Occupational Therapy Service
169 Lawes Street, East Maitland Phone: 49330664, Fax 4933 0667, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Prigg – Paediatric Occupational Therapist Phone 0499979261
Naturopath – Mark Hinchey
Mark Hinchey Naturopathy is moving to McDonald Jones Stadium Admin Building 294
Turton Road, Broadmeadow.
Appointments can be made via: 0432234822
- Respite Care
Respite Care - Jo Bailey Quality Care
- Butch Hays – Snap
SNAP Programs - Special Needs Accommodation Placement Programs snapprograms.org.au/
Butch Mobile: 0448 606 789
Karin Mobile: 0401 923 001
Fax: 02 4943 0114
- Nana's Weighted Blankets | Home
Address: 8 Wolstenholme St, Rutherford NSW 2320
Phone: 0410 478 810
0410 478 810
02 8213 3694
Support Information & Services:
- Aspect – a variety of services including speech therapy, psychology etc.
- Aspinall Chiropractic
7 William St - East Maitland
0418 484 081
- 46 Grey St - Clarence Town
- Aspect Hunter School (Autism Spectrum Australia)
Website - https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/school/aspect-hunter-school
Directions - Click here for directions
Special education school in New South Wales, Australia
Address: 3 Kooralbyn St, Thornton NSW 2322
Phone: (02) 4922 5900
- Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
- Theraputic Services & NDIS Support | Leapfrog Ability Newcastle
Phone: (02) 4979 7777
- Early Links Inclusion Support Service | Providing early childhood ...
www.earlylinks.org.au/Address: 19 Galway Bay Dr, Ashtonfield NSW 2323
Phone: (02) 4934 3773
- Early Intervention for Autism & Disability in Newcastle ...
https://www.samaritans.org.au › Services › Children & Family Support ServicesPhone Number
1300 656 336
- Lower Hunter Temporary Care INC.
T. 02 49375502
F. 02 49375502
- Families Supporting Families Inc –
Ms The Secretary
Phone: 0417 431 562
PO Box 178
WARATAH NSW 2298
- Autism & Attention deficit disorders
Understanding & managing diet Therapy for your child
- Secret Agent Society
What parents say, Thanks to this program, my child has been able to make a real friends for the
first time in his life! -
- Hunter Prelude Early Intervention Centre
131 Northcote Street
T: 02 4937 4549
F: 02 4937 5571
- Amanda Tocci- MAEdst, BA, GradDipEd, GradCertTESOL
Director - Australian Literacy Clinic
Clinics in Hamilton & Maitland Level 1, 435 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Level 1, Unit 1 & 2, 155 Nelson Street Wallsend NSW PO Box 2247 Greenhills NSW 2323 T. Admin - 0423 584 808 T. Director - 0402 096 922 E. email@example.com W. http://www.australianliteracyclinic.com.au
- Life without Barriers
National Office (352 King Street Newcastle NSW 2300)
Phone: 1800 935 483 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone: (02) 4033 4500
If you require the Client Information and Feedback Service please call: 1800 721 226.
If you are deaf, have hearing loss or difficulty speaking the National Relay Service can help you with your call to LWB.
Contact them via TTY: 133677 l SSR: 1300 555 727 l IR: http://www.relayservice.com.au
Other Website Resources:
- Autism Community Network www.autismcommunity.com.au
- Autism Apps www.autismapps.org.au
- Autism Awareness Australia www.autismawareness.com.au
- Autism Noticeboard www.autismnoticeboard.com.au
- Resources for children with additional needs www.prompteducation.com
- Online Inclusion www.oi.org.au
Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation
- A website designed to network rural communities and its people to the major hospitals and health facilities. The website provides information on accommodation, parking, cheap eats, childcare, and other facilities that are located around each metropolitan hospital, as well as links to support networks, social workers and counsellors.www.friendlyfaces.info
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
- Aspect is the state autism association and offers a number of services including family support programs, schools, intervention programs, adult programs and a diagnostic and assessment services. Aspect has also produced fact sheets and manuals which are available on their website.Website www.autismspectrum.org.au
Call: 1800 277 328 (1800 ASPECT)
- A variety of evidence based information on different topics relating to Autism from the National Autistic Society UK.www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx
Through the Maze
- Information and support handbook for parents and carers of children and young people with a disability in NSW (can be downloaded for free)www.cyda.org.au/through-the-maze
Online Book Stores
The Australian Autism Handbook by Benison O’Reilly and Kathryn Wicks
A handbook written by two Australian parents of children with Autism. The book covers a range of topics including grief/self care/therapy/schools and more.
- Early Days workshops are free of charge for parents and carers to help them learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)www.autismspectrum.org.au/earlydaysworkshops
- Positive Partnerships workshops are free of charge for parents and carers who have school aged children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If you are unable to attend a workshop you could access their information through the online training moduleswww.positivepartnerships.com.au
- Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) offers a variety of workshops for parents/ carers and professionals focused on information about Autism Spectrum Disorderswww.autismspectrum.org.au
(click on the orange workshops tab to access the online calendar)
- Sue Larkey offers online workshops for parents/carers and professionals focused on information about ASD, social skills, play, visuals, behaviour, anxiety and school/ preschool strategieswww.elearning.suelarkey.com.au
- Tony Attwood runs workshops with a focus on Apserger’s Syndrome. There are online workshops and ocassionally face to face workshops.www.tonyattwood.com.au
The following providers offer workshops on a range of topics.
Please look at their websites for more information:
- Lizard Centre www.lizardcentre.com
- Connect Therapy www.connecttherapy.com
- RDI Family Connections www.familyconnectionssydney.com.au
- Aspire Early Intervention www.aspireearlyintervention.com
- Quirky Kids www.childpsychologist.com.au
- Fabic www.fabic.com.au
- Moveabout www.moveabout.com.au
- Sesame Street has a character with Autism called Julia. Episodes with Julia might be helpful for both your child with Autism as well as their siblings/cousins/friends.
The full episode introducing Julia can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKCdV20zLMs
- Arthur has an episode featuring a character with Asperger Syndrome (now diagnosed as low support needs Autism).
This episode would suit older children and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsmjwHW40ps
Online Sibling Support:
Below are some websites where you can get some online support