Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism is a developmental condition that affects how a person interacts with others and the environment. People with Autism experience a range of 'spectrum' of difficulties, to varying degrees, mainly concerning social communication, social interaction and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests. There may also be unusual sensory processing issues and interests. While they may have areas of particular skills, learning difficulties may coexist. Research indicates that Autism occurs in about one in a hundred people. 


Autism is an often misunderstood condition. At out clinic we believe that people with Autism may simply have a different way of processing the world. For the person with Autism, it can be hard work having to think about everything that others may take for granted. It may also be difficult for those who are closest, to have the patience, to understand the person and what Autism means for them, to motivate and facilitate experiential learning with the right mix of structure, discipline and flexibility, to understand the reasons behind the challenges, pre-empting challenges and helping the person develop ways of overcoming those challenges, nurturing strengths and exploring possibilities. 

Receiving a diagnosis of Autism within the family can be a truly overwhelming experience for anyone. The proper supports, stimulation and management strategies, counselling and networking are essential to help families on this journey. We provide individual, paired and small group therapy (social skills). Our experienced staff work holistically to help each person reach their full potential, and we work closely with parents, families and carers. 
Pragmatics and Social Skills
Pragmatics is the functional use of language in a social context for a variety of purposes. Pragmatic disorders often coexist with other language problems such as poor vocabulary or grammar. Pragmatic problems affect social interaction and integration, conversation and play skills, lowers social acceptance and affects the person's wellbeing.

A person with pragmatic problems may say inappropriate or unrelated things during conversations, tell stories in a disorganized way or have little variety in language use. 

The person may have difficulty in using language for a variety of uses such as greeting, informing, requesting, compromising, and expressing emotion.

There may be difficulty in adapting language according to different listeners or situations, such as talking to a baby versus a teacher, or in a playground versus a classroom.

There may also be difficulties in observing rules for storytelling and conversation, including introducing and maintaining the topic, taking turns, repairing when not understood, understanding and using nonverbal aspects such as eye contact, facial expression, posture, distance and touch.