The ASD co-ordinator service provides support to families who have a child/young person diagnosed with ASD. The goal of this service is to assist families to access relevant community support agencies and to help ensure that any recommendations in the child’s assessment plan are actioned.
Referrals to the ASD Co-ordinator service can be internal or external. The child does not have to be a client of the Child Development Centre to access this service. They may, therefore, have been diagnosed by a recognised professional within the community or district health board (DHB), or may have transferred into the Waikato from another region.
- Child/young person is aged 0-19 years, and
- Has been newly diagnosed with ASD only, or ASD with a Global Developmental Delay (GDD), and
- Has not been diagnosed with a co-existing intellectual (ID), physical (PD) or sensory (SD) disability – see note below
In conjunction with the family, the ASD coordinator develops a service plan outlining the agreed actions to be taken and planned follow up dates. Depending on the needs of the family, provision of support can be made for up to two years.
Note: Where a child has been diagnosed with ASD and an ID, PD or SD, a referral should be made to Disability Support Link (rather than the ASD co-ordinator), who will provide relevant co-ordination services.