April is Autism Awareness Month


Amongst other types of therapy, Top End Speech offers the “More Than Words” Hanen Program. The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.

More Than Words does this by empowering you to help your child reach the following three goals:

Improved social skills
The ability to engage in back-and-forth interactions
Improved understanding of language
Here are some of the valuable things you’ll learn when you attend the More Than Words Program:

How your child learns best and what motivates him to communicate
Why your child behaves in certain ways, and what you can do to either increase or reduce those behaviours
How to use your knowledge about your child to set realistic goals
How to make interactions with your child last longer and be more meaningful
Tips for using pictures and print to help your child’s understanding
Tips on how to talk so that your child understands you
Strategies for developing your child’s play skills
Ways to help your child make friends

Program Components
The More Than Words parent program includes:

8 training sessions in small, personalized groups
A Hanen Certified speech-language pathologist leading the program
A pre-program consultation for you and your child with your speech-language pathologist
Three individual visits for you and your child with your speech-language pathologist in which you are videotaped while practicing with your child. Then you and your speech-language pathologist watch the videotaped interaction to “see” what’s helping and what you can modify to help even more

The following resources are all from the Hanen Centre website.

For information on early signs of Autism follow this link: http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Articles/Early-Signs-of-Autism.aspx
For ideas on how to help your child with autism:

NT News Tuesday 3 April
NT News Tuesday 3 April

The following events are being held in Darwin for Autism Awareness Month.

Busy Bee Coffee meet

The Studio are lighting it up blue(Night Clubbing)

Autism NT at the movies ‘Oblivion’, 11 April, CMax Cinemas Palmerston. Tickets $25 from Autism NT.

Walk for Autism, 9am, 20 April, Nightcliff foreshore, 5km or shorter. $5 entry.

ASD Expo, 5 & 6 April, Mirambeena Resort.

Darwin Autism Expo

The Inaugural Darwin Autism Expo is on this Friday and Saturday 5th and 6th April at the Mirambeena Resort. A great line-up of speakers and provider stalls, including Top End Speech. See you there.

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