A growing literature base also suggests that mothers of children with ASD experience higher levels of distress than parents of children with other developmental disabilities, such as Down Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome (Cachia, Anderson and Moore, 2016; Estes at al., 2009). More specifically, mothers of children with autism experience more stress, including chronic stress, greater psychological distress (e.g. symptoms of anxiety and depression); more pessimism and lower positive perceptions of their child, when compared to mothers of children with non-autism developmental delay or no developmental delay (Abbeduto et al., 2004; Estes at al., 2004 (Griffth, Hastings, Nash and Hill, 2010).
The philosophy of Spectrum Clarity is providing one-on-one support to parents of a child (ren) with Developmental Delay and/or an Autism Spectrum Disorder and associated disorders to get clear and accurate information to help them access the services they need for their child. We provide emotional support to parents because of the increased psychological distress. We also support parents of children and young people up to the age of 18, including key life transitions. Our approach is simple:
Our service is delivered in the comfort of your home. We do not ask that you travel to another professional consulting room. On occasions, after hour appointments may be available.
Our service is not meant to be long term (unless you choose us as your Plan Management Provider). Rather, we are here to guide you through the services and supports that you need. We aim to reduce the stress and burden so that your energy can be better focused on caring and supporting your child to get a good start in life and achieve their full potential.
Spectrum Clarity is a team of professionals who are accredited Mental Health Social Workers with the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW). Our three social workers have a combined experience totalling 80+ years!
The early intervention and welfare service system is a very confusing and fragmented one with no real way of getting to the service(s) easily. Managing a household and the needs of other family members while trying to find information and support following a diagnosis of yout child can cause additional anxiety and stress for you, the parents. At Spectrum Clarity, our aim is to change that.
At Spectrum Clarity, the goal of our Access Consultants is to work collaboratively with you to identify the right mix and intensity of services and support suited to your specific goals for your child/young person. We will draw on our specialised early childhood knowledge to determine appropriate supports for your child and family, including information, emotional support and specialised early intervention supports.
We will work with you to develop a plan of supports. We will help you find those services and guide you in the decision making process to ‘demystify’ the system and reduce some of the stress and anxiety. We are a private ‘gateway’ Provider – independent from any service provider – so that we are not biased and can guide well and in the best interests of your child and family to simply help you get on your way!
* (Miodrag & Hoadpp, 2010; Estes at al., 2009)
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