A MOTHER whose son has autism has developed an app to provide support for other families with children diagnosed with the developmental disorder and links to local service organisations.
Autism Link managing director Rebecca Keysers came up with the app in Orange, New South Wales, after experiencing difficulties in finding the kind of resources her son Kaiser (3) would need.
“When my son Kaiser was diagnosed with autism, I had no idea of what therapies or interventions to look for,” said Mrs Keysers.
She wanted to help other parents avoid the stress of finding services for autism in their area.
There was an increase of 79 per cent in the number of people diagnosed with autism from 2009 to 2012 with the condition affecting about one in 100 children.
Studies have shown early intervention is crucial to helping a child with autism reach their full potential, minimising the social and behavioural effects of the disorder.
Mrs Keysers said without the correct support services and resources, the quality of life for kids with autism may be detrimentally affected.
The free app is available to parents, carers and autism professionals from Apple iTunes and Google Play.