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Luca's Team
Sophie Karpouzidis, behavioural therapist

Sophie began working with Luca in 2012 as his ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) Program Supervisor through Autism Partnership and then as one of his Behavioural Therapists. Sophie works with Luca for 2 hours a week at home and supports him 3 days a week at school, teaching him learning, social, academic, self-care and life skills. Sophie also works with Luca at home and at social outings over the school holidays. She has been a major contributor to the wonderful progress Luca has made.

Sophie remembers the first time she worked with Luca. “I still remember Luca’s laugh and giggle, he didn’t have much expressive language but you could still see his personality shine through. I remember we focused on ‘learning to learn skills’ and I found it amazing how quickly we were able to shape Luca’s behaviour. I left that day thinking ‘This kid has huge potential’”.

Lisa says, “We first met Sophie when she came to our house to observe one of our therapists. Straight away she struck me as being very professional and switched on and someone who would be a great fit for our team. Then and there I decided I would do everything I could to get Sophie on Team Luca!”

“I think Sophie is smart and clever. She helps me with my work and checklists and we do lots of fun stuff together”
– Luca

Luca's treatment

A huge number of people have been, and still are, involved in Luca’s care.

Speech pathologist, ENT and audiologists for his hearing loss; renal consultants, dietician, paediatrician, transplant coordinators, dialysis nurses and pathologists for his kidney failure; behavioural analysts, special educators and a child psychologist for his autism spectrum disorder (ASD); and his dedicated teachers at school and extra-curricular activities.

Much of Luca’s progress is due to the thousands of hours these amazing professionals do with Luca behind the scenes, and the endless advocacy and administration Luca’s parents manage daily.

Unfortunately government funding and assistance goes nowhere near covering the tens of thousands of dollars in costs associated with the level of support that Luca and other children in his situation, require and deserve. This applies in particular to the area of ASD.

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