Opportunity *1

We have recieved information from Autism Southland regarding a visit from Dr Ava Ruth Baker. We are passing this information on to you (our community) so that you can decide whether this is something you wish to look further into or not.

Dr Ava Ruth Baker is coming to Invercargill July or August and  can do assessments for ASD, ADHD, Gifted, PDA

Dr Ava Ruth Baker is an anthroposophic GP specialising in autism spectrum and related conditions. Dr Baker has previously come to Invercargill to do assessments for children and adults. She has forty years of general practice with specific training in anthroposophical and other holistic approaches to medicine, mental health and the autism spectrum. She has worked as school doctor at Steiner Schools in Bay of Plenty and Christchurch, and as medical officer for Hohepa Canterbury.

She planning on coming to Invercargill in July/August to do an assessment for a family and was wondering if other families were wanting an assessment or follow-up appointment.

Below is an email from Dr Baker.

Dear Southland families

Are you seeking professional help with an autism spectrum condition? Either a full diagnostic assessment, or a follow-up appointment for further advice, strategies etc?  I am in the process of re-scheduling my one-off visit to Invercargill, that was originally planned to happen earlier this year. Unlike my previous visits in 2016 and 2017,  Autism NZ is no longer in a position to fund this visit, so appointment fees will apply.

As the timing of my visit will depend on how much need there is, anyone interested should email me urgently at [email protected] about what your need is, and for further information including an estimate of cost (which will vary according to what you’re seeking and the likely time involved).

With warm wishes to you all

Dr. Ava Ruth Baker, MB ChB Dip Health Sci (Mental Health)

Opportunity *2

Regular support group (with food and coffee) for parents and whanau in Invercargill. Another opportunity to share experiences, gather ideas and support and also to help others in a relaxed environment.