“driver training that tailored to meet the needs of a range of community members”
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the term used to describe a condition that affects development of an individual across their lifespan.
Social communication, restricted interests and behaviours and sensory processing differences are the main areas of development affected.
The term ‘spectrum’ is used to indicate that no two people with autism are the same. The differences depend on the combinations of social ability, communication level, cognitive ability (IQ), age, personality and many other factors.
This is why it is important to ensure that support and intervention is individualised to get the best possible outcomes and get the most out of life.
Tony Loughhead of Instinctive Driving approached Autism SA in order to discuss and offer his organisation’s services. Tony reported that he offers driver training that is tailored to meet the needs of a range of community members, including people on the autism spectrum.
“driving support and assistance to our client group”
Western Adelaide Domestic Violence Service (WADVS) is a non-government organisation funded to work with women and children who have or who are experiencing domestic violence in their relationships. WADVS support women by offering crisis accommodation and outreach support and this is inclusive of risk assessment and safety planning.
Recently, Tony Loughhead has introduced himself to WADVS offering driving support and assistance to our client group.
“patience and ability to work with people with a disability”
Tony, has a careful nature, patience and ability to work with people with a disability, who have often experienced issue with failure in the past.
His ongoing support and assistance to our clients has been greatly appreciated.
“Tony is patient and goes above and beyond in his instruction.”
The Transition to Work Programme is a service to support young people between 15 and 21 years of age to build their skills and confidence to obtain employment.
Tony has provided driving lessons and assisted many of the young people in this programme who are anxious and experience learning difficulties to gain their licences. The young people have always provided feedback that Tony is patient and goes above and beyond in his instruction, providing support as required.
“outstanding record as an instructor”
Thebarton Senior College is a specialist Senior Secondary College offering students a rewarding and engaging educational experience. Located only 4 kilometres from the city of Adelaide, the College has regular bus services to and from the city. The college is a centre for learning where students from diverse backgrounds undertake studies in SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education), VET (Vocational Education & Training) certificates or specialist English Language programs. The learning environment is supportive and reflects the needs of senior secondary learners. It is the only senior secondary United Nations Global Peace School in South Australia and actively teaches peace-building and community responsibility in the curriculum.
Tony’s great strengths lie in not only his outstanding record as an instructor but in his proven ability to work with young people across a range of barriers and deliver results. There is a need to have high quality instructors who hold these values strongly and Tony’s service provision with Instinctive Driving has always emphasised this.