Building Community for Coast Families Living with Autism
STEPS Autism Treehouse builds community and connects Sunshine Coast families, children and young people living with Autism.
They provide support to the community with access to resources, life skills programs, education and regular social events. STEPS Deputy Chief Executive Officer Kerry Staines said they are focussed on creating opportunities for young people living with autism and their families to enjoy life to the full and develop meaningful connections with their community.
“I have always held the view that the best way to support families and young people living with autism is by providing the opportunity to connect with others in their community in a safe, and supported way,” Ms Staines said.
“Key to the success of our services is listening to families to understand what their needs are as they navigate school, social situations and relationships, as well as continual changes to technology, awareness, policy and funding.
“We recently increased our service offering to provide support and social groups for teenagers living with autism which has been really popular.
“We’re continuing to listen to the community and constantly evolving and changing our services so that we can fill the gaps and meet the needs of the community,” she said.
STEPS bring a range of health professionals and autism experts to speak at workshops and presentations throughout the year at their educational workshops to help connect families with the latest information. They will be hosting the inaugural STEPS Sunshine Coast Autism Seminar this October with keynote speaker Professor Tony Attwood.
They also have NDIS Support coordination officers to help with NDIS plan management and support for the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg regions.
To find out more visit stepsautismtreehouse.org.au