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With so many therapies and programs available for children with autism in Australia we want to make it easier and simpler for you. We have designed a questionnaire which will enable you to learn which program is best suited for your child.
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The Lizard Difference
We are Australia’s leading provider of evidence based early intervention programs for young children with autism spectrum and related disorders.
Our programs utilise the principles of applied behavior analysis, which have been scientifically proven to help children develop to their full potential.
We have centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide and are an NDIS accredited organisation.
Get started today, call us on 1300 829 590
We are excited to announce that we are now providing services in Brisbane
To accelerate results, autism therapy is a combination of weekly centre based services conducted with senior behavioural therapists and a supervised intensive therapy program in the home, community or childcare centre, delivered by our trained behaviour therapists.
With autism, early intervention is significant to treatment. Our programs address skill deficits faced by children with autism in a fun and rewarding way in all developmental areas, including communication, language, play, social skills, imitation and cognition, motor skills, daily living skills, and emotional regulation. As part of our comprehensive autism treatment programs, we also provide comprehensive parent, therapist, and teacher training, which allows for teamwork and collaboration and better results.
ABA and PBS: The Differences and Similarities Explained
In recent years, there has been some debate over whether Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a considered a separate discipline from Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), or if PBS is simply an evolution from current ABA practices.
The History of ABA
ABA is based on the principles of learning and behaviour, derived from research, to improve socially significant behaviours. Socially significant behaviours are those that make a meaningful impact, including those that improve quality of life, health, and social inclusion, for the individuals, their family, and friends.
Historically, there has been some criticism of ABA due to concerns that it’s applications and practices were too restrictive and rigid at times, and perhaps did not allow for skill development to broaden to settings outside of a clinic. However, ABA has since come a long way and now has an established reputation as being client- and child-focussed. Their current gold standard practices now incorporate scientifically and evidence-based practices into more naturalistic settings, allowing for generalisation across environments.
The Ethics Code for Behaviour Analysts (BACB, 2020) ensures that high ethical standards are upheld by the positive behaviour support practitioner for the individuals and families that are part of the ABA program.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
Virtually all scientifically supported interventions for autism spectrum disorders are based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). ABA is the application of learning theory to solve socially important problems and bring about meaningful changes in behaviour. ABA has been proven to be effective as a treatment for kids with autism in teaching them new skills and building functional independence.
One hallmark of ABA is data collection and analysis to guide clinical decision-making and individualised programs. The effectiveness of ABA-based interventions for autism has been well documented through 5 decades of research. Children who receive interventions based on the principles of ABA have been shown to make gains in IQ, language, academic performance, and adaptive behaviour, and their outcomes have been significantly better than those of children in receiving other treatments, low intensity treatments, or no treatment.
In Australia, ABA and Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) are endorsed as safe and effective treatments for autism, and are the only treatments with a rating of established (the highest rating of effectiveness) based on current research. In the USA, ABA is the primary treatment for autism spectrum disorder.
We help you to get more out of life and to achieve your goals.
Our methodology ensures this happens, by listening to you and building your own tailored plan.
- The Lizard Process
- Developmental Assessment
- Program Design
A comprehensive assessment that pinpoints strengths & skill deficits
Design a program of early intensive behavioural intervention in the form of full service in-home therapy or supervision supported with centre visits
Match you with behaviour therapists in your area.
Run & monitor your program to ensure your child is progressing, getting agreed hours of supervision & therapy.
Review your child progress with all the people working with your child to make necessary changes to ensure positive outcomes.
Meet the team
We are a strong team that is passionate about excellence in autism treatment for children, with decades of experience based in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide. All our team members have or are working towards their professional credential in applied behaviour analysis (to learn more about this credential, please visit www.BACB.com)
As a parent you will have regular access to Program Supervisors, Senior Behavioural Therapists as well as your day-to-day therapist.