Autism and Early Intervention Therapy
What makes our therapy unique
Bronwyn Sutton has 30 years’ experience working in early intervention and autism.
She conducts professional development workshops for Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and teachers about autism and social communication.
Bronwyn Sutton Speech Pathology is widely regarded in Brisbane as providing the highest standard of excellence in autism therapy.
At Bronwyn Sutton Speech Pathology, we do not offer pre-packaged programs. Instead, we provide Speech Therapy services based on the strengths and needs of the individual child. As autism researchers, we will utilise the most up to date research based approaches.
Assessment is much more than completing tests. We observe your child in their home as well as their early childhood or school setting. We talk to your child’s education and therapy team to understand your child’s strengths and challenges.
We will use observation checklists as well as formal tests to assess your child’s:-
- Social Communication and Social Skills
- Play skills
- Expressive Language
- Language Comprehension & Listening Skills
- Speech Sounds
An intervention plan summarises the specific goals we will be working to achieve in Speech Therapy. We begin with your vision for your child.
Together we discuss your priorities and establish goals in all areas of communication and social skills. We complete and intervention plan which summarises your child’s goals for the following 6 months.
We will contact the other members of your child’s team to share goals and strategies. Then we finalise a planning matrix to define the goals and strategies in the areas of communication, social interaction, rigid and repetitive behaviours and academic goals.
Your therapist will review your child’s plan with your regularly to evaluate the success of therapy.
Home Based Therapy
Research suggests that children learn better in their natural social settings. For this reason, we recognise that home based therapy is not only more effective but is more comfortable for your child.
There is no need to buy expensive toys. We will show you how to use your child’s toys or household items for therapy.
Therapy sessions occur for 60 minutes weekly or 90 minutes fortnightly in your home. This includes time to practice learning skills in a variety of ways such as playing with toys, talking about books, using apps, completing household tasks and playing in the garden.
This also include an opportunity to educate and support parents and family members.
Therapy in a Kindergarten or Childcare Setting
Children in Kindergarten and Day Care have the opportunity to learn social skills when playing with their peers. These are important skills such as sharing, taking turns with toys and waiting for their turn to play.
We observe your child interacting with peers, sitting on the mat at group time, transitioning between activities and playing with toys. Early Childhood visits are typically 60 minutes. After setting goals with the staff, we provide in-room coaching for group leaders and inclusion support workers.
The focus is typically on social skills, social play, independence and preparing for school.
School Based Therapy
School can be challenging for children as they are required to “sit and listen” and understand the directions of teachers. Learning at school also means learning in a social setting and this may mean be overwhelming for many child.
We observe your child in the classroom to assess how they follow instructions, sit and listen independently, complete academic tasks and interact with the other children. School visits are typically 60 minutes and follow an inclusive approach. This means that we work with the teacher, rather than withdrawing your child from class.
We meet with your child’s teacher to set goals which align with the Australian Curriculum and support your child’s individual student plan (ISP). We show the teacher how to embed autism therapy and interventions into the typical classroom program.
Use of iPad and Apps in Therapy
Technology can be a wonderful motivator and interest for many children on the autism spectrum. However, in Speech Therapy, iPads are exclusively used to achieve learning goals or as a reward system.
We will only recommend apps which align with research based practices and support the teaching of specific goals.
iPad consultations can be part of a therapy session or can be a separate 90 minute session. We will review your child’s goals then recommend apps.
Our website The Learning App Guide to Autism and Education provides evaluations of over 1000 apps for children with autism.