Therapeutic Residential Placement
Our Therapeutic Residential Placement is available to all Victorian clients with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder and aged between 6 to 16 years. Our highly individualised intervention program is based in Mansfield, Victoria. Clients spend 9 weeks living at our residence and attending our school campus. This 24/7 care model provides a highly supportive and consistent environment structured to reduce anxieties and build capacity to learn new skills. Our therapeutic program is purposefully designed with activities to reduce anxiety. All clients participate in these therapeutic activities alongside individualised and tailored interventions.
Our Residential Placement program is tailored to the individual and family goals.
Our service includes:
• Assessment of individual needs for both behavioural
intervention and independent living skills
• Positive behaviour intervention plans
• Individual therapy and supports
• Parent /Carer education and behaviour management
• Independent Life skills – skill development
• NDIS reporting – Behaviour Supports Plans and
• Progress to Outcomes reports
Clients participate in activities such as yoga, massage, equine facilitated learning, music, art therapy, physical exercise programs, healthy eating and community access while working towards individual goals with tailored interventions.
During the Therapeutic Placement emphasis is placed on life skills, building independence and social and emotional development. Exercise, leisure and recreational opportunities all play an important role in the program. Clients participate in regular relaxation sessions, massage, swimming, bush walking, music, yoga, equilearn and social skills programs while working towards individual goals. We provide a healthy autism environment that is rich in visuals, routines and schedules.
DEVELOPING PERSON CENTRED GOALS
We take a holistic approach when planning interventions by developing a full profile of the client. This allows us to see the whole child and not just the behaviours of concern. Our client profiles highlight the client’s strengths, interests and preferred learning styles. We believe in having strong expectations that individuals with autism can learn and be actively engaged in meaningful activities. Developed in collaboration with families and allied health services our goals are individualised, relevant and extend the child’s skills.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT
Positive Behaviour Support is a comprehensive approach to assessment, planning and intervention that focuses on addressing the person’s needs, their environment and overall quality of life. We work closely with families to determine the underlying cause for the behaviour. At MASS behaviour is always treated as a form of communication, and we work together to determine the purpose of it.
Positive Behaviour Support at MASS will involve:
• Using visuals, routines & schedules
• changing or making accommodations within the environment
• helping clients experience and try a range of new activities to help keep them engaged in life
• ensuring positive relationships are formed
• developing a Behaviour Support Plan that includes primary prevention and responding to early signs of behaviour