Throughout childhood, children learn how to develop boundaries and recognise other’s social cues. Imaginative play is a big part of this development. Children naturally learn at different speeds, but River seemed to find reading his classmate’s cues more challenging than most of his peers.
His teacher also flagged noticing River sometimes struggling to follow everyday rules for conversation – like taking turns and using verbal and non-verbal signals. He often interrupted people and when he was finished speaking, would simply walk away.
Karl and Andrew knew they needed extra support for River but had no idea where to turn.
After a lengthy wait, Karl and Andrew managed to secure an appointment with a local GP. They were apprehensive in the lead up to the appointment, knowing something bigger was happening with their little boy.
The GP gently suggested that considering River’s challenges, he would need some autism specific assessments. But the services in their area simply would not be able to provide what he needed.
Our Paediatric Developmental Program is designed to offer comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment, diagnosis, review, and treatment for children with complex developmental and behavioural concerns. For rural and remote families like River’s, it is often the only option for connecting their child to the kind of services most city families have on their doorstep.
And it’s people like you who make this program possible.