Support groups key for autism-affected homes

Autism Spectrum Disorder support group founders Fleur Batchelor and Sandra Leef with members of the group in the background. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d398905
Autism Spectrum Disorder support group founders Fleur Batchelor and Sandra Leef with members of the group in the background. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d398905

Research indicates about one in 100 Australians have an ASD, a lifelong developmental disability, which can involve difficulty with social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours.

Group member Faye Gaby, whose eight-year-old grandson Phoenix has an ASD, said the group started up last year at Leda Primary School.

‘We had all met up at different places and spoke about the kids, and learned about the services that were out there,’ she said.

‘It’s so difficult to find information, especially for someone who has a child who has just been diagnosed.’

Founding members Fleur Batchelor and Sandra Leef, both from Wellard, ran the group from Leda but have recently moved to a larger venue at The Zone youth centre on Gilmore Avenue, Kwinana. The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 9am.