Frequently Asked Questions


Can we use our NDIS funding at Freedom Social Skills?


 All participants who are self-managed, plan-managed or NDIA managed are eligible to claim our services.

Support categories covered by Freedom Social Skills:

Core Supports

Assistance with daily living

Assistance with social and community participation

Capacity Building Supports

Increased social and community participation

Improved relationships

Improved daily living

Can we get a NDIS report after enrolling our child in your programs?

Yes, we can provide you with a quote for any of our services for free. We also conduct an initial assessment and take weekly progress data allowing us to provide you with a report detailing your child’s current goals, progress, and future steps.

Do I need a diagnosis to access early intervention?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will fund early intervention before your child receives an official diagnosis. If your child is aged 0-6 years and you have concerns about their development you can get support from the NDIS. If your child is aged 7 years or older, they’ll need a diagnosis to access NDIS support.

Behavioural Intervention Services FAQs

Why is early intervention important?

Early intervention is the best way to support the development and wellbeing of children with disability, autism or other additional needs including developmental delay. It can help children develop the skills they need to take part in everyday activities and transition successfully to school. Plenty of clinical research has demonstrated that children who start ABA therapy as early as possible make the most significant improvements in their areas of deficit. Sometimes children who get early intervention need less, or no support as they get older.

Is behavioural Intervention an evidence-based therapy?

Yes! Behavioural intervention therapy relies on the evidence-based practices and procedures of ABA. ABA has been validated by many decades of rigorous scientific research. It is proven to be effective in both teaching new skills and promoting socially significant behaviours in children and teenagers with autism to help them access their school, community, and social worlds.

How many hours per week should my child receive?

Although early intervention should be individualised to the needs of the family. Research has consistently shown that students who receive upwards of 20 hours per week of intervention will have the most success.

What age groups do you work with?

We provide behavioural intervention services to children aged as young as 2 through adolescents and into adulthood.

Can I be involved in my child’s program implementation and treatment decisions?

Parents or caregivers play a necessary and vital role. Being actively engaged in the process is key to consistency and ultimately success. To empower your involvement, parents participate in our complimentary online training after commencing your child’s therapy program.

Who can benefit from Behavioural Intervention?

We see children with a range of developmental delays including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s), global developmental delay, intellectual disability, and those with delays across specific areas of development such as speech, social or motor skills

Where does my child’s intervention take place?

We can provide services at home, in the community, school, or in our clinic space, dependent on the unique needs of the family.

What can Behavioural Intervention help my child with?

Behavioural intervention utilises the evidence-based treatment and procedures of ABA therapy and will address skill deficits identified during an initial assessment of your child’s functioning across many developmental domains. These areas of development include:

  • Language and communication
  • Social skills
  • Play skills
  • Toilet Training
  • Self-care skills
  • Community Skills
  • Academic Skills

Social Skills FAQs

Where are your classes held?

We have classes online, at our clinic space, At a local sports centre in Caringbah and various facilities around the Sutherland Shire.

What age groups do you work with?

We have classes for ages 3 to 19. We work to place your child with peers that are the same age and working on the same social skills.

What is Social Skills Training?

Social Skills groups rely on evidence-based teaching procedures such as direct instruction, feedback, reinforcement, modelling, and natural exposure. Fun is an essential component of Social Skills groups. Socialising with friends is meant to be fun and relaxing and often occurs in the context of games, or conversation about similar interests. 

Why are social skills important?

Difficulty socialising can affect your ability to learn new things at school, live independently, find a suitable occupation, make new friends, or even engage in romantic relationships later in life. Overall, difficulties having positive social interactions can undermine a good quality of life Individuals who are socially isolated or have low social competency will face a large number of barriers in life, such as an increased chance of mood disorders, bullying and low self-esteem. Having meaningful relationships and consistent positive interactions with peers has an immediate effect on self-esteem and increases in happiness. Furthermore, social skills training could provide an opportunity to practice strategies for dealing with bullies or even interacting with potential employers.

What are social skills?

Social skills are the behaviours, verbal and non-verbal, that we use to communicate effectively with other people. There are social differences across those who share different cultures, beliefs, and attitudes. Social Skills also continuously change and develop throughout our lives. Somebody that uses social skills to effectively interact with friends, family, workmates, and strangers is said to have social competence. Social Skills range from very simple to very complex.

  • Waiting for your turn
  • Greetings
  • Making on topic comments
  • Using an appropriate tone and volume of voice
  • Reading facial expressions Having open body language
  • Active listening and questioning
  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Understanding Sarcasm Assertiveness
  • Flirting
  • Debating

Who can social skills training benefit?

Social Skills Training is primarily of benefit to individuals who a struggling to have positive interactions with their peers, build and maintain friendships and communicate effectively.

Individuals who may benefit from Social Skills Training and Social Skills Groups include those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other related disorders and/or those with psychological disorders such as social anxiety or social phobias. Social Skills Training can also be for anyone and everyone who wants to improve their social confidence and social skills.

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