Speech Pathology

Connect Allied Health speech pathologists are Certified Practising members of Speech Pathology Australia and are passionate about working with clients to target expressive language (verbal communication), receptive language (understanding), social skills, intelligibility (speech sounds), voice, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), e.g., iPad, and literacy (reading and writing).

We are also experienced to support fussy eaters and clients who experience difficulties swallowing (dysphagia).

For Children

Our paediatric speech pathologists are passionate about working with children to target the following areas:
  • Fussy eating, problematic feeding and swallowing difficulties.
  • Working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (including diagnostics).
  • Speech (intelligibility/clarity).
  • Expressive language (use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning).
  • Receptive language (understanding).
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), e.g., iPad.
  • Reading/writing (literacy).
  • Education for parents and carers to maximise learning outcomes.

Developmental Milestones:
When to Consider Referral to Speech Pathology

Areas-for-Concern-
Click to download & view our brochure

For Adults

We provide speech pathology services to adults who have a disability or post a range of medical issues, including neurological diseases (such as Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease), stroke, and many other issues, to target the following areas:
  • Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).
  • Speech (intelligibility/clarity).
  • Expressive language (use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning).
  • Receptive language (understanding).
  • Voice.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), e.g., iPad.
  • Tracheostomy.
  • Improve the appearance of texture-modified foods, including appealing recipes for smoothly pureed diets.
You may benefit from speech pathology if you:
  • Cough when eating or drinking (referred to as aspiration).
  • Have difficulties ‘finding’ the right words.
  • Have difficulties understanding language.
  • Have unclear speech (reduced intelligibility).

We can provide mobile services to visit your home or Residential Aged Care facility.

Our Process

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Step 1

Call

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Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

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Step 3

Discuss funding options

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Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

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Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

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Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Occupational Therapy

Connect Allied Health occupational therapists are practising members of Occupational Therapy Australia and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

We are dedicated to promoting and supporting effective participation for children and adults in the occupations of everyday life such as:

  • Activities of daily living: Self-care activities such as showering, eating, and dressing.
  • Household and community functioning: Budgeting, shopping.
  • Education and work: Participate effectively in learning/work environments.
  • Leisure, play and social participation: Positive interaction in the community.

For Children

Our paediatric occupational therapists are passionate about working with children and are skilled to target the following areas:
  • Gross motor skills (whole body movement involving the large core stabilising muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing, walking, running, and sitting upright. They also include hand-eye coordination, e.g., throwing, catching and kicking).
  • Fine motor skills (coordination of hands and fingers, e.g., doing up buttons and zips, using pencils, writing, and tying shoelaces).
  • Sensory processing (refers to the way the brain receives, organises and responds to sensory input in order to behave in a meaningful & consistent manner, e.g., sensitivities to loud noises or light, movement seeking, and meltdowns).
  • Attending and concentrating.
  • Self-care tasks, e.g., toileting and dressing.
  • Education for parents and carers.

Developmental Milestones:
Fine Motor Skills

Fine-Motor-Skills

Developmental Milestones:
Gross Motor

Gross-Motor-Skills-
Click to download & view our brochures

For Adults

Occupational therapy can offer solutions to independence, participation, engagement and well-being for adults. Our occupational therapists are passionate about helping clients improve their mobility and quality of life, and are skilled to:
  • Help clients regain or enhance their daily lives after specific events such as hip replacement or stroke.
  • Assess and modify clients’ homes and/or community environments to improve safety and independence.
  • Prescribe and educate clients and carers in the use of adaptive equipment to assist function.
speech therapist adelaide
You may benefit from occupational therapy if you:
  • Would like to improve independence in activities of daily living, such as showering, toileting, dressing, cooking and self-feeding.
  • Are at risk of falls or have reduced mobility.
  • Have difficulties with balance and coordination.
  • Require assistive devices to enhance comfort, safety and independence with day-to-day tasks.

Our Process

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Step 1

Call

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Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

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Step 3

Discuss funding options

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Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

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Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

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Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Dietetics

Our Accredited Practising Dietitians are members of the Dietetics Association of Australia and are qualified and skilled to provide nutrition and dietary advice. Our dietitians are passionate about promoting optimal health through nutrition.

For Children

Connect Allied Health dietitians aim to provide the best start for your children through good nutrition. For many parents, achieving optimal nutrition is stressful due to fussy eating and problematic feeding. We are here to help!
Our dietitians are skilled to provide:
  • Support for children with feeding difficulties, e.g., picky eaters and problematic feeders.
  • Nutrition advice and education.
  • Personalised nutrition plans.
  • Individual interventions to support children with failure to thrive/underweight or who are overweight/obese.
  • Advice regarding healthy eating for pregnancy and gestational diabetes.

For Adults

Connect Allied Health dietitians promote health and the prevention and treatment of illness by enhancing and maximising nutrition.
Our dietitians are skilled to provide:
  • Diabetes education and management strategies.
  • Weight management strategies.
  • Dietary plans targeting cardiac rehabilitation, e.g., cholesterol management.
  • Dietary management of kidney and liver failure.
  • Dietary advice to optimise recovery post falls, surgery or fracture (osteoporosis).
  • Maintaining nutrition through cancer treatment.
  • Assess individual nutritional needs.
  • Develop personalised eating plans following acquired brain injuries and stroke.
  • Target unintentional weight loss.
  • Meet nutritional requirements (post-surgical clients, oncology, trauma).

Our Process

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Step 1

Call

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Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

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Step 3

Discuss funding options

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Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

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Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

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Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Podiatry

Connect Allied Health podiatrists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Our dedicated and passionate podiatrists are recognised as important members of the health care team in preventing and managing conditions affecting the feet, legs and related structures.

Connect Allied Health podiatrists:

  • Treat conditions resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory diseases.
  • Diagnose and treat skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails.
  • Diagnose and treat foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities.
  • Support mobility through ongoing monitoring of foot health, in particular of those with circulation problems and diabetes.
  • Provide advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear.
  • Provide locum services.

We can visit your home or residential aged care facility.

Our Process

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Step 1

Call

health-process-2

Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

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Step 3

Discuss funding options

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Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

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Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

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Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Physiotherapy

Connect Allied Health physiotherapists are registered with the Australia Physiotherapy Association and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). We are committed to optimising muscle and joint function and maximising movement and mobility to ultimately improve independence and quality of life.

For Children

Children have specific needs relating to their physical development. We are committed to optimising a child’s movement by maximising muscle and joint function in the growing body.

Connect Allied Health Physiotherapists:
  • Support infants and children with a range of medical conditions including gross motor delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury.
  • Work with children and their families to improve gross motor skills, such as sitting, standing, and walking and improve flexibility, strength, and endurance.
  • Develop, implement and modify individual therapy plans.
Your child may benefit from physiotherapy if they:
  • Feel ‘floppy’ or ‘stiff’ with handling.
  • Do not tolerate ‘tummy time’ well by 4 months of age.
  • Are not sitting by 9 months, not trying to stand up by 12 months and not walking by 18 months.
  • Have an unusual walk or foot posture.
  • Are clumsy with gross motor skills (running, jumping or ball skills).

We can visit your home, school or kindergarten.

For Adults

Connect Allied Health physiotherapists are passionate about improving mobility, independence and quality of life, and are qualified to work in partnership with clients with a variety of medical conditions, including stroke, neurological disease and frailty to:
  • Restore, maintain and improve mobility and movements.
  • Increase physical endurance.
  • Manage and reduce pain, including in relation to chronic diseases.
  • Alleviate muscle rigidity and inflammation of nerves and conjunctive tissues after illnesses, traumas, and injuries.
  • Treat and manage posture and gait disorders.
  • Prevent falls.
  • Treat back and joint pain.
  • Maximise physical and functional abilities.
You may benefit from physiotherapy if you:
  • Have sustained an injury.
  • Have muscle and joint weakness and aches.
  • Have difficulties balancing or are at risk of falling.
  • Would like advice regarding exercise or improving strength, fitness or flexibility.

We can visit your home or residential aged care facility.

Our Process

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Step 1

Call

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Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

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Step 3

Discuss funding options

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Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

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Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

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Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Autism Diagnostic Assessment

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder that impacts development across the lifespan.

Social communication, restricted interests and behaviours and sensory processing differences are the main areas of development affected. The cause of ASD is currently not known.

The term ‘spectrum’ is used to indicate that no two people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are the same. This is why it is important to ensure that intervention is individualised to achieve best possible outcomes and it is important to ensure intervention is individualised to support best possible outcomes.

Helping someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder begins with acceptance, knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the individual.

Does a client need an assessment?

The following signs could be indicators of ASD which may impact someone’s behaviour and development. No single indicator typically indicates ASD, instead a person would present with a number of the following indicators.

Social communication and social interaction across contexts:
  • Abnormal social approach, intrusive touching of others
  • Failure of back and forth conversation, failure to respond when name called, does not initiate conversation, one-sided conversations
  • Reduced sharing of interests, lack of showing
  • Reduced sharing of emotions, lack of responsive social smile, failure to share enjoyment, does not show pleasure in social interactions
  • Poor social imagination
  • Impairment in social use of eye contact
  • Impairment in use and understanding of body postures and gestures
  • Abnormal volume, pitch, intonation in speech
  • Impairment in use and understanding of facial expressions
  • Difficulties taking another person’s perspective
  • Difficulties adjusting behaviour to suit social contexts
  • Difficulties making friends, reduced interest in others
Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities:
  • Echolalia (repetition of words, phrases, or more extensive songs and dialog), repetitive vocalisations (such as repetitive sounds, humming)
  • Hand flapping, spinning, toe walking, excessive teeth grinding
  • Non-functional play with objects, lining up toys and objects, repetitively opening and closing doors or repetitively turning lights on and off
  • Adherence to unusual routine
  • Excessive resistance to change
  • Rigid thinking
  • Highly fixated interests
  • High or low reactivity to sensory input (sound, smell, touch, taste, visual)

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment?

In South Australia, a formal ASD diagnosis requires two accredited clinicians (psychologist, speech pathologist, psychiatrist or a paediatrician). Assessments can be conducted by a team of two clinicians in one setting (dual assessment), or by two individual clinicians across different settings.

Assessments involve interactions with and observations of the person, as well as gathering information from caregivers and educators. The information is then carefully considered against the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

Assessment Process

Connect Allied Health offers a dual assessment, and can also work with clinicians in other settings. A dual assessment is completed over one session, and is typically 4 hours in duration. Dual assessment locations are in Campbelltown and Hallett Cove.

During the assessment, one clinician performs the caregiver interview and the other observes the person during play.

Following information gathering, clinicians determine whether the client meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ASD. Following a 30-minute break, a feedback session is provided to discuss results and recommendations. A full, comprehensive report is then completed and provided to the family.

Why is getting a diagnosis important?

Receiving a diagnosis of ASD provides information regarding an individual’s strengths and differences, which can help clients and families better understand certain behaviours or areas of difficulty. This in turn can facilitate improved support for individuals with ASD. It can also help facilitate access to specific services.

Our Process

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Step 1

Contact us

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Step 2

Determine the type of assessment that is required

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Step 3

Make an appointment for an assessment (2-4 weeks wait list)

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Step 4

Assessment is completed, typically between 10am and 3:30pm

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Step 5

Diagnosis is provided on the same day

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Step 6

Support is provided in regards to the next steps

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

Connect Allied Health speech pathologists are Certified Practising members of Speech Pathology Australia and are passionate about working with clients to target expressive language (verbal communication), receptive language (understanding), social skills, intelligibility (speech sounds), voice, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), e.g., iPad, and literacy (reading and writing).

We are also experienced to support fussy eaters and clients who experience difficulties swallowing (dysphagia).

For Children

Our paediatric speech pathologists are passionate about working with children to target the following areas:
  • Fussy eating, problematic feeding and swallowing difficulties.
  • Working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (including diagnostics).
  • Speech (intelligibility/clarity).
  • Expressive language (use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning).
  • Receptive language (understanding).
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), e.g., iPad.
  • Reading/writing (literacy).
  • Education for parents and carers to maximise learning outcomes.

Developmental Milestones:
When to Consider Referral to Speech Pathology

Areas-for-Concern-
Click to download & view our brochure

For Adults

We provide speech pathology services to adults who have a disability or post a range of medical issues, including neurological diseases (such as Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease), stroke, and many other issues, to target the following areas:
  • Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).
  • Speech (intelligibility/clarity).
  • Expressive language (use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning).
  • Receptive language (understanding).
  • Voice.
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), e.g., iPad.
  • Tracheostomy.
  • Improve the appearance of texture-modified foods, including appealing recipes for smoothly pureed diets.
You may benefit from speech pathology if you:
  • Cough when eating or drinking (referred to as aspiration).
  • Have difficulties ‘finding’ the right words.
  • Have difficulties understanding language.
  • Have unclear speech (reduced intelligibility).

We can provide mobile services to visit your home or Residential Aged Care facility.

Our Process

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Step 1

Call

health-process-2

Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

health-process-4

Step 3

Discuss funding options

health-process-3

Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

health-process-5

Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

health-process-4

Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Connect Allied Health occupational therapists are practising members of Occupational Therapy Australia and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

We are dedicated to promoting and supporting effective participation for children and adults in the occupations of everyday life such as:

  • Activities of daily living: Self-care activities such as showering, eating, and dressing.
  • Household and community functioning: Budgeting, shopping.
  • Education and work: Participate effectively in learning/work environments.
  • Leisure, play and social participation: Positive interaction in the community.

For Children

Our paediatric occupational therapists are passionate about working with children and are skilled to target the following areas:
  • Gross motor skills (whole body movement involving the large core stabilising muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing, walking, running, and sitting upright. They also include hand-eye coordination, e.g., throwing, catching and kicking).
  • Fine motor skills (coordination of hands and fingers, e.g., doing up buttons and zips, using pencils, writing, and tying shoelaces).
  • Sensory processing (refers to the way the brain receives, organises and responds to sensory input in order to behave in a meaningful & consistent manner, e.g., sensitivities to loud noises or light, movement seeking, and meltdowns).
  • Attending and concentrating.
  • Self-care tasks, e.g., toileting and dressing.
  • Education for parents and carers.

Developmental Milestones:
Fine Motor Skills

Fine-Motor-Skills

Developmental Milestones:
Gross Motor

Gross-Motor-Skills-
Click to download & view our brochures

For Adults

Occupational therapy can offer solutions to independence, participation, engagement and well-being for adults. Our occupational therapists are passionate about helping clients improve their mobility and quality of life, and are skilled to:
  • Help clients regain or enhance their daily lives after specific events such as hip replacement or stroke.
  • Assess and modify clients’ homes and/or community environments to improve safety and independence.
  • Prescribe and educate clients and carers in the use of adaptive equipment to assist function.
speech therapist adelaide
You may benefit from occupational therapy if you:
  • Would like to improve independence in activities of daily living, such as showering, toileting, dressing, cooking and self-feeding.
  • Are at risk of falls or have reduced mobility.
  • Have difficulties with balance and coordination.
  • Require assistive devices to enhance comfort, safety and independence with day-to-day tasks.

Our Process

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Step 1

Call

health-process-2

Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

health-process-4

Step 3

Discuss funding options

health-process-3

Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

health-process-5

Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

health-process-4

Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Dietetics

Dietetics

Our Accredited Practising Dietitians are members of the Dietetics Association of Australia and are qualified and skilled to provide nutrition and dietary advice. Our dietitians are passionate about promoting optimal health through nutrition.

For Children

Connect Allied Health dietitians aim to provide the best start for your children through good nutrition. For many parents, achieving optimal nutrition is stressful due to fussy eating and problematic feeding. We are here to help!
Our dietitians are skilled to provide:
  • Support for children with feeding difficulties, e.g., picky eaters and problematic feeders.
  • Nutrition advice and education.
  • Personalised nutrition plans.
  • Individual interventions to support children with failure to thrive/underweight or who are overweight/obese.
  • Advice regarding healthy eating for pregnancy and gestational diabetes.

For Adults

Connect Allied Health dietitians promote health and the prevention and treatment of illness by enhancing and maximising nutrition.
Our dietitians are skilled to provide:
  • Diabetes education and management strategies.
  • Weight management strategies.
  • Dietary plans targeting cardiac rehabilitation, e.g., cholesterol management.
  • Dietary management of kidney and liver failure.
  • Dietary advice to optimise recovery post falls, surgery or fracture (osteoporosis).
  • Maintaining nutrition through cancer treatment.
  • Assess individual nutritional needs.
  • Develop personalised eating plans following acquired brain injuries and stroke.
  • Target unintentional weight loss.
  • Meet nutritional requirements (post-surgical clients, oncology, trauma).

Our Process

health-process-1

Step 1

Call

health-process-2

Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

health-process-4

Step 3

Discuss funding options

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Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

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Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

health-process-4

Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Podiatry

Podiatry

Connect Allied Health podiatrists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Our dedicated and passionate podiatrists are recognised as important members of the health care team in preventing and managing conditions affecting the feet, legs and related structures.

Connect Allied Health podiatrists:

  • Treat conditions resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory diseases.
  • Diagnose and treat skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails.
  • Diagnose and treat foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities.
  • Support mobility through ongoing monitoring of foot health, in particular of those with circulation problems and diabetes.
  • Provide advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear.
  • Provide locum services.

We can visit your home or residential aged care facility.

Our Process

health-process-1

Step 1

Call

health-process-2

Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

health-process-4

Step 3

Discuss funding options

health-process-3

Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

health-process-5

Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

health-process-4

Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy

Connect Allied Health physiotherapists are registered with the Australia Physiotherapy Association and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). We are committed to optimising muscle and joint function and maximising movement and mobility to ultimately improve independence and quality of life.

For Children

Children have specific needs relating to their physical development. We are committed to optimising a child’s movement by maximising muscle and joint function in the growing body.

Connect Allied Health Physiotherapists:
  • Support infants and children with a range of medical conditions including gross motor delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury.
  • Work with children and their families to improve gross motor skills, such as sitting, standing, and walking and improve flexibility, strength, and endurance.
  • Develop, implement and modify individual therapy plans.
Your child may benefit from physiotherapy if they:
  • Feel ‘floppy’ or ‘stiff’ with handling.
  • Do not tolerate ‘tummy time’ well by 4 months of age.
  • Are not sitting by 9 months, not trying to stand up by 12 months and not walking by 18 months.
  • Have an unusual walk or foot posture.
  • Are clumsy with gross motor skills (running, jumping or ball skills).

We can visit your home, school or kindergarten.

For Adults

Connect Allied Health physiotherapists are passionate about improving mobility, independence and quality of life, and are qualified to work in partnership with clients with a variety of medical conditions, including stroke, neurological disease and frailty to:
  • Restore, maintain and improve mobility and movements.
  • Increase physical endurance.
  • Manage and reduce pain, including in relation to chronic diseases.
  • Alleviate muscle rigidity and inflammation of nerves and conjunctive tissues after illnesses, traumas, and injuries.
  • Treat and manage posture and gait disorders.
  • Prevent falls.
  • Treat back and joint pain.
  • Maximise physical and functional abilities.
You may benefit from physiotherapy if you:
  • Have sustained an injury.
  • Have muscle and joint weakness and aches.
  • Have difficulties balancing or are at risk of falling.
  • Would like advice regarding exercise or improving strength, fitness or flexibility.

We can visit your home or residential aged care facility.

Our Process

health-process-1

Step 1

Call

health-process-2

Step 2

Discuss concerns and understand client goals

health-process-4

Step 3

Discuss funding options

health-process-3

Step 4

Client is paired with appropriate clinician according to individual needs

health-process-5

Step 5

Confirm preferred days and times for therapy

health-process-4

Step 6

Sign consent forms and service agreements

Autism Diagnostic
Assessment

Autism Diagnostic Assessment

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder that impacts development across the lifespan.

Social communication, restricted interests and behaviours and sensory processing differences are the main areas of development affected. The cause of ASD is currently not known.

The term ‘spectrum’ is used to indicate that no two people with Autism Spectrum Disorder are the same. This is why it is important to ensure that intervention is individualised to achieve best possible outcomes and it is important to ensure intervention is individualised to support best possible outcomes.

Helping someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder begins with acceptance, knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the individual.

Does a client need an assessment?

The following signs could be indicators of ASD which may impact someone’s behaviour and development. No single indicator typically indicates ASD, instead a person would present with a number of the following indicators.

Social communication and social interaction across contexts:
  • Abnormal social approach, intrusive touching of others
  • Failure of back and forth conversation, failure to respond when name called, does not initiate conversation, one-sided conversations
  • Reduced sharing of interests, lack of showing
  • Reduced sharing of emotions, lack of responsive social smile, failure to share enjoyment, does not show pleasure in social interactions
  • Poor social imagination
  • Impairment in social use of eye contact
  • Impairment in use and understanding of body postures and gestures
  • Abnormal volume, pitch, intonation in speech
  • Impairment in use and understanding of facial expressions
  • Difficulties taking another person’s perspective
  • Difficulties adjusting behaviour to suit social contexts
  • Difficulties making friends, reduced interest in others
Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities:
  • Echolalia (repetition of words, phrases, or more extensive songs and dialog), repetitive vocalisations (such as repetitive sounds, humming)
  • Hand flapping, spinning, toe walking, excessive teeth grinding
  • Non-functional play with objects, lining up toys and objects, repetitively opening and closing doors or repetitively turning lights on and off
  • Adherence to unusual routine
  • Excessive resistance to change
  • Rigid thinking
  • Highly fixated interests
  • High or low reactivity to sensory input (sound, smell, touch, taste, visual)

What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment?

In South Australia, a formal ASD diagnosis requires two accredited clinicians (psychologist, speech pathologist, psychiatrist or a paediatrician). Assessments can be conducted by a team of two clinicians in one setting (dual assessment), or by two individual clinicians across different settings.

Assessments involve interactions with and observations of the person, as well as gathering information from caregivers and educators. The information is then carefully considered against the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

Assessment Process

Connect Allied Health offers a dual assessment, and can also work with clinicians in other settings. A dual assessment is completed over one session, and is typically 4 hours in duration. Dual assessment locations are in Campbelltown and Hallett Cove.

During the assessment, one clinician performs the caregiver interview and the other observes the person during play.

Following information gathering, clinicians determine whether the client meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ASD. Following a 30-minute break, a feedback session is provided to discuss results and recommendations. A full, comprehensive report is then completed and provided to the family.

Why is getting a diagnosis important?

Receiving a diagnosis of ASD provides information regarding an individual’s strengths and differences, which can help clients and families better understand certain behaviours or areas of difficulty. This in turn can facilitate improved support for individuals with ASD. It can also help facilitate access to specific services.

Our Process

health-process-1

Step 1

Contact us

health-process-2

Step 2

Determine the type of assessment that is required

health-process-4

Step 3

Make an appointment for an assessment (2-4 weeks wait list)

health-process-5

Step 4

Assessment is completed, typically between 10am and 3:30pm

health-process-3

Step 5

Diagnosis is provided on the same day

care2

Step 6

Support is provided in regards to the next steps

Speak to our team today about your needs.