Calming help now, but little in later life ...
Calming help for children with autism but little for them in adult life
The ABC 7:30 Report, Victoria, November 9, 2012 (LINK), reported the great canine help being provided
to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through Righteous Pups Australia - Assistance Dogs.
These very friendly well trained dogs, similar to guide dogs, provide emotional support into them breaking into the world of people with intellectual disabilities - especially those with ASD, providing huge gains in such areas as speech, understanding and behaviour.
Assistance dogs is yet another great factor in the increasing awareness of the value of early intervention for children with various aspects and levels of intellectual disability.
Special, and special developmental schools are doing outstanding early intervention work with a bevy of complex interactions designed and intended to give children with special needs the very best start in life.
Most of these schools have a very rich range of equipment, programs and very dedicated and qualified teaching staff to discover answers and provide solutions to and for the most subtle and complex needs of their students.
Mainstream Australians have access to good further education through smart University and TAFE courses taking them well above regular school education.
In total contrast, education for many Australians with an intellectual or multiple disability often declines after they leave secondary or special school education in Victoria to attend a day centre, often called an ATSS (Adult Training and Support Service).
Day Centres are often little more than a minder service in comparison with special or special developmental schools. They are often under-funded, under resourced, under-regulated and under supervised by their funding body. In Victoria, this is the Department of Human Services, Disability Services, (DHS/DS).
Mum worries about her regular three year old at kinder - Are they doing more than minder care, mum asks herself. Yet the little-one can tell mum! Whereas, the 33 year old with no meaningful communications can't! And mum worries much more! This is especially so where the ATSS/Day Centre has a policy to keep parents out, and provide no regular progress reports on the grounds their clients are legally adults.