Jigsaw Psychologists see individuals across the life span. We are committed to helping individuals reach their full potential and recognise the importance of early intervention in assisting development and preventing further possible issues. Jigsaw Psychologists provide individuals with professional counselling, therapy, assessment and support by providing evidence based psychoeducation.

Jigsaw Psychology have extensive experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Children with autism spectrum disorder often present with social, emotional and behavioural challenges, and we work with parents and their children to address these difficulties.
 
Some common concerns for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families include:
 

  • Emotional regulation difficulties
  • Concerns with Social Skills
  • Friendship issues including bullying
  • Challenging Behaviours
  • Restricted and repetitive behaviour
  • Difficulty engaging in play
  • Difficulty tolerating certain foods or textures.
  • Sensory Processing issues

 
The Australian Government has committed ongoing funding to address the need for services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and carers.
 
Jigsaw Psychology is a registered DSS/FaHCSIA service provider for the Helping Children with Autism (Early Intervention) funding package.
 
The early intervention funding package provides access to early intervention for children aged up to six with ASD. The funding is for evidence-based early intervention to help improve cognitive, emotional and social development of the child with ASD, prior to a child starting school.
 
There is a revised eligibility criteria, effective from 19 October 2009. To be eligible for the early intervention funding package a child must have been seen by an Autism Advisor and deemed eligible to access the program before their sixth birthday.
 
The $12,000 in funding under the early intervention component can be used until the child's seventh birthday to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year.
 
Important Information for families about Medicare rebates under Helping Children with Autism (children over 7 and under 15)
 
Under the Medicare “Helping Children with Autism” initiative, a child can be referred by a consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist for the following allied health services:
 

  • up to four diagnostic / assessment services delivered by psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, optometrists, orthoptists or physiotherapists to assist the referring practitioner with diagnosis or to contribute to a child’s treatment and management plan (for a child under 13 years of age).

 

  • up to twenty treatment services delivered by our psychologists (for a child under 15 years of age, providing a treatment and management plan is in place before their 13th birthday).

 
To more information regarding DSS (FaHCSIA) funding you can contact an Autism Advisor on 1300 424 499 or visit the DSS (FaHCSIA) website:
http://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/helping-children-with-autism