ISADD New Zealand

Services Provided

Services provided by a team of Psychologists and Senior Case Managers experienced in ASD and its areas of difficulty.

Differential Diagnosis
  • This is often sought by individuals who need to better understand themselves, or in order to access more appropriate support services
  • Individual counseling to meet life situations, to achieve self motivated change and assist social integration and personal relationships. A behavioral, CBT approach is usually used
  • Habilitation skills, to prepare for fuller integration in residential and work place
  • To residential and vocational units re the management of people with ASD

The following services are available, provided by a team of Psychologists, Program Managers, Case managers and Therapists.

Differential Diagnosis (if needed)
  • Recommendations provided
  • Additional referrals for extra services made if needed
Psychological Assessment
  • Child’s needs identified, level of functioning specified in all relevant areas of development
  • Annual re-assessments are recommended for evaluation and identification of further goals
Parent Training
  • Parents are encouraged to observe sessions before committing to services
  • Parents learn basic theory and practice of ABA/DTT, either individually or in workshops
  • Case managers train parents on an ongoing basis as the need arises, particularly in incidental teaching strategies
  • From time to time parent workshops are available to keep parents up to date and to provide group support for common issues
  • Parents are treated as partners and are expected to take part in decisions made in Case Management session
  • Individual counseling is available as required
Programs Designed and Implemented

Holistic programs cover the following areas:

  • Appropriate attention to the environment and to learning tasks
  • Social attention and then social skills and appropriate behaviours
  • Fine motor skills – including oral motor and pre-pencil skills if needed
  • Gross motor skills leading to confidence and play opportunity
  • Visuo spatial skills to help organize concepts which make sense of the environment, develop spatial awareness and help learning, leading to mathematical skills
  • Cognitive conceptual skills which are the basis of the ideas behind language
  • Functional language based on cognition and social interaction
  • Independence skills
Programs are Monitored and Adjusted Regularly
  • This is undertaken by Program Managers and Psychologists, to ensure quality.

Services provided by a team of Psychologists, experienced Case Managers and Senior Therapists.

Differential Diagnosis
  • It is important to know why a child may be having difficulties at school – a diagnosis may lead to appropriate supports
  • Recommendations for intervention made
Specific Learning Difficulties Catered For
  • Individual programs provided on a 1:1 basis – at some sites group work is available
  • Reading, literacy, mathematics and organizational skills addressed
School Observations Available
  • Social difficulties identified and programs devised
  • Behavioral problems identified, management suggestions provided
Support to Parents and Teachers at IEP Meetings
  • ISADD strives to provide a coordinated approach and staff are available to attend
Small Social Groups
  • These are tailored to individual needs
  • Available for children who can benefit from CBT (Cognitive Behavioual Therapy), a play approach to problem solving, setting of behavioural and social goals
Parents Consultation/Counseling
  • Individual counseling and problem solving
  • Group work available for general topics, eg. Approaching adolescence, Siblings etc.
Support for Siblings
  • Many siblings may have difficulties coping with a child with ASD
School Consultancy
  • Our staff is available for in service training and general consultancy with teachers