The Little Black Duck Autism consultation, education, support, and individual skill development

Who we are

The little black duck is an autism-specific service providing supports to autistic people by autistic people. Our focus is on autistic quality of life, we follow an evidence-informed quality of life framework based on what autistic adults self-report to improve the quality of their life. All our supports, therapy and training programs are based on this foundation. What this means is that our approach is highly individualised and customisable to meet individual needs.

Our philosophy is based on the neurodiversity paradigm – autism being the individual’s neurotype, The person is born autistic, their brain is supposed to function autistically. We step in to help the individual find their natural state of processing.

Our approach is whole-person and focuses on three core areas of function –

  1. Connection/ relationships/ attachments – how does the autistic person seek, form and maintain connections in a way that is authentic to them
  2. The sensory experience – Humans are sensory beings first and foremost. We interpret the world through our sensory experience. This is even more so for autistic people, it is how we play, communicates and interact with the environment
  3. Communication and thinking – Under a neurodiversity paradigm this is the core difference in the autistic brain – how we think, which then informs how we communicate.

By focusing on these three core areas we can help to support the improved wellbeing of the autistic individual we are working with and educate the community to understand autistic function on a deeper level.

To achieve this we use a mix of therapeutic approaches that are based on expressive, play and relationship development. We take what it means to be autistic and celebrate it for the beautiful uniqueness it is.

We use three different approaches to celebrate and support wellbeing in autistic neurology, firstly by supporting the autistic individual through groups, mentoring, information, planning and goal setting and screening. Secondly, we provide evidence-based training and education programs to those that support autistic people. Lastly, we develop evidence-informed supports and strategies to aid in communication.



Visual Supports and Communication Tools

The Little Black Duck offers a range of customised and pre-designed visual supports to help develop communication, connection and relationships.


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Our location

Address
418 Wilson St, Albury 2640

Opening Hours
By Appointment Only
Monday & Tuesday: 9.30am – 9.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm

Training and Education

We run a variety of training and professional development programs that integrate the latest research with the lived experience and neurodiversity studies. Our workshops can be attended in person, online or on demand.

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Communication and Connection

We use a variety of therapeutic approaches and supports that support a neurodiversity, developmental approach to autistic neurology.

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Wellbeing and Support

We use a strengths approach to understanding wellbeing in the autistic individual. We help them to find ways to create balance in their life in a way that works for them.

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Social Groups and Development

We offer a variety of social groups to help autistic people connect with other autistic people through shared interests and activities. Our social development programs follow a double empathy model, where we teach critical thinking rather than a rote series of social skills

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Visual Supports and Tools

We offer a wide variety of communication tools and visual support to help support authentic autistic communication, connection and expression. Our visuals are available in sets or as a whole download.

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Autistic Identity

We support autistic people as they go through the journey of discovering who they are behind the mask. We hold space for them to discover the strengths, skills and assets they have to help them live a good life.

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Get in touch

Address

418 Wilson St, Albury
2640

Opening hours

By Appointment Only
Monday & Tuesday: 9.30am – 9.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm

Specific supports and approaches

LEGO®-Based Therapy

The Little Black Duck runs and teaches LEGO®-Based Therapy programs and both a facilitator and educator. LEGO®-Based Therapy develops the critical thinking skills needed foe social interactions

AutPlay

AutPlay is a therapeutic approach developed specifically for autistic children and adolescents. It focuses on developing relationships and communication

Virtual Reality (VR)

The Little Black Duck uses VR in both our 1:1 and group programs. VR can help to make social interactions and sensory environments easier, improve movement, coordination and regulation.

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Contact Us

Address: 418 Wilson St, Albury
2640

By Appointment Only
Monday & Tuesday: 9.30am – 9.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm

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Autism consultation, education, support and individual skill development
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