Developmental Delays


At any age, being told your child has a development delay or is behind in their milestone achievements can be a scary experience. The parents that we work with tell us that:

“The only thing more frightening is "thinking" that your child is behind on their milestones and not knowing if they should seek out extra support or wait to see if your child "grows up on their own"

Whilst the ability to roll, babble, crawl, walk and talk are all critical milestones which are easily observed by parents, there are 1000's of mini-milestones that prepare babies, children and teenagers for the next stage of development. These abilities of neuro-developmental maturity form a framework which underpins all age-appropriate skills.

Our team of Occupational Therapists have been trained to observe, recognise and value these mini-milestones which sit as foundations for age-related skills and allow the child to streamline their progress from one skill to another as genetics and evolution science record. In some cases, supporting abilities which have not (or cannot) develop is the best approach when learning age appropriate skills, while for other children and adults, it's necessary to revisit these earlier stages of neuro-development to build pathways, strengthen signals from environmental and sensory cues and then directly practice the skills which have not yet been independently mastered.

The work of Mary Sheridan, Ajay Sharma, Helen Cockerill and the published resources of the University of Virginia, have influenced the recognition and clinical focus on these mini-milestones during our Occupational Therapy assessment and Achievement Plans.


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Following the guidelines set out by the Australian Government's Working with Children with Autism Package our services focus on developing self-regulation using the ALERT Program and directly teaching skills for challenging daily activities. Our Therapist are covered to provide sessions under the FaHCSIA Funding model as well as GP Plans, Mental Healthcare Plan and Diagnostic Criteria Plans (if eligible). As Temple Grandin wrote in 2015 - 

Fear is the main emotion in autism and ...Any little thing that looks out of place, such as a piece of paper blowing in the wind, may cause fear. Objects that make sudden movements are the most fear-provoking. In the wild, sudden movement is feared because predators make sudden movements.

We believe that our role when working with families who have a child(s) with Autism that we work towards helping the whole family build skills around understanding and assisting participation in everyday experiences across many areas of daily life. For it is when we have mastered the skill of understanding how to resolve our challenges, we no longer fear. 
Goals around self-care routines, social gathering, education and learning, fitness and outdoors, sleep, play and relationship with others.are all important when working with families who have a child(s) with Autism.

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Jacky Peile has also co-authored a book - "Reach the Sky; Unlocking Gabe's Autism" which is available on and details the story of the very first family Jacky worked with on their Autism journey. Alana, Gabe's mother also shares her advice.  

A free chapter is available here,
or the full copy can be downloaded here

Cathy Lette wrote on Twitter - 

"Congratulations on publishing the book"

To chat about any concerns or questions you have about an Autism diagnosis or improving skills please contact us - 

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