Helping those with ASD

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By Alpha Autism St Kilda


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong development disability characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities.

These behaviours often manifest in an intense and focused interest in a particular subject matter; stereotyped body movements like hand flapping and spinning; and an unusual and heightened sensitivity to everyday sounds or textures.

People with ASD experience difficulties with social interaction and impaired and unusual verbal and non-verbal communication.

The word spectrum reflects the wide range of challenges that people with an ASD experience and the extent to which they may be affected. An estimated 1 in 100 Australians has an ASD, or 230,000 people. It is four times more common in boys than girls.

The quality of life for many children and adults can be significantly improved by an early diagnosis and appropriate evidence informed treatment.

Alpha Autism, in partnership with each individual, their families and the community, empowers adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We support their needs and ambitions by developing skills and promoting independence and social opportunities.

Recently, two of our participants; Ian and Simon, started delivering newspapers to Council offices, St Kilda Library and local restaurants for St Kilda News. Both Ian and Simon enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people; both in the community and the St Kilda News team. St Kilda News’ willingness to include Ian and Simon each week will see great outcomes not only for the individuals attending Alpha, but also for the wider community.

Alpha Autism St Kilda is looking forward to a long association with St Kilda News. If you’d like to assist those with ASD by having a participant help out at your workplace, you can contact Alpha Autism St Kilda by emailing

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