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Recommended Services – Brisbane Down Syndrome Association of Qld (DSAQ)DSAQ have been an association that has supported us 110% from first meeting us. They provide such professional and caring services to the... Read More


The Lowrie Family | An AEIOU Foundation Family Case Study

There is no pride quite like watching your child happily march off to their first day at ‘big school’ with the words “I’ve got this Mum, I’m a big boy now”. For retired NRL premiership winner Todd Lowrie and wife Sally, it was a day they had originally envisaged very differently, had it not been …

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AEIOU Foundation: Creating a lifetime of opportunities for children with Autism

AEIOU Foundation provides leading early intervention and care to children with autism aged 2 – 6 years. AEIOU Foundation’s evidence-based program develops essential life skills, independence, confidence and inclusion, preparing children for transition to their next education setting and giving the best opportunities to achieve optimal lifelong outcomes. Meeting the needs of children with Autism …

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Arrowsmith program for children with learning difficulties comes to Brisbane

A learning program which promises to improve a range of specific learning difficulties, is now available in a number of locations in South East Queensland. Based on the application of neuroscience research, the Arrowsmith program’s premise is that it’s possible to address learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities. What is the Arrowsmith program? …

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Finding a pool with disability access in Brisbane

There are 22 Brisbane City Council swimming pools across Brisbane, which offer great facilities for families to enjoy for fun, fitness and cooling off on a hot day. Many of these pools are accessible to people with a disability, and offer facilities such as accessible changing rooms, ramps and/or mobility lifts. Other pools without such …

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Private Occupational Therapy in Brisbane | Synchrony OT

Synchrony OT is a private Occupational Therapy practice located in Toowong, Brisbane. They specialise in providing services for children between the ages of 3- 18 years and have experience working with children who have mild learning difficulties, as well as those who have a formal diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyspraxia …

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Specialised Vacation Care and Ruby & Ollie’s All Abilities Childcare

Ruby & Ollie’s pride themselves on the service and environment they have created for families. This service comes from the experience of the staff in supporting their own children who have additional needs, which helps them to understand what parents and caregivers are seeking for their children. Specialised care for families to meet all abilities …

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Primary School for Children with Autism in Brisbane | The Sycamore School Review

The Sycamore School is Queensland’s first full-time primary school for children with autism. Established by Queensland parents, The Sycamore School provides autism friendly learning, a spectrum of choice, and a place that celebrates children on the spectrum. The Sycamore School provides an opportunity to enhance the futures of students with autism through academic, social, emotional, …

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Santa Visits Across Brisbane For Kids With Sensory Challenges 2016

Have you always wanted to take your Brisbane Kids to see Santa but have been worried about how they might react? Do your Brisbane Kids have sensory challenges and would be fine to see Santa if only they didn’t have to wait in line with the crowds, feel the pressure of time and the noise …

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How Learning to Sing Can Reduce Anxiety in Children

Recently I was asked how learning to sing can help children who experience anxiety, something seemingly unrelated. Learning to sing is both therapeutic and educational, and super fun and social!! It is also an excellent way to help children manage feelings of anxiety and nerves. This is because singing addresses two key areas that can …

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What Is An MLAK & How Is It Helping Kids With Disabilities?

Do you have a child with a disability? It can often be challenging to have access to facilities that cater for your child’s special needs. However, there are a network of facilities out there that are available to parents of a child with a disability. The Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) is a key that …

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Cleft Connect Australia

Cleft Connect Australia is a not for profit charity established to help Australian families of children born with a Cleft lip and or palates. CCA is run by a dedicated volunteer base and sources funding via charity events and donations. Services available with Cleft Connect Australia All of Cleft Connect’s services are free for the …

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Where To Buy Dairy Free Products In Brisbane

Whether you or your child have a dairy intolerance, or you’ve made the decision to go dairy free, there’s an excellent range of dairy free products available in Brisbane and online. Diagnosis of dairy intolerance can often be met with dread. Dairy seems to be in almost everything. Well, at least in all of the …

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How much does your baby understand about emotion?

Recently, as I watched my mother being passed my baby nephew for the first time, I noticed how her face changed to an animated wide-mouthed smile and how she said “Hello baby” in a soft tender voice. The cooing tones of “baby talk” that we’re all familiar with. These changes of facial expression and tone …

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Help! I’m Worried My Child Has Autism

You are likely reading this because you are worried your child has autism. As parents, it is natural for us to worry about our child’s development, particularly if we see them falling behind. It can be very invalidating for parents to then hear the old sayings from family and friends – ‘She is just different’, …

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Able Clothing | Exciting clothing for children & young adults with special needs

Able Clothing is an exciting children’s clothing range designed for children and young adults with special needs. Able Clothing has a selection of garments that have been specially adjusted to assist children and carers during dressing. The range comes in fun, bright, unique designs and most importantly they are very comfortable to wear. Based in …

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6 Helpful ways to help kids with autism be ready for the first day of school

Day one of school can be chaos – there are suddenly no clean socks to be found, the zipper is broken on the brand new backpack, and someone is playing hide-and-seek with the car keys. Among all this, the first day of school is full of what I like to call NDEs: New and Different …

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Where to find Autism Support Groups in Brisbane

Parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder can be an emotional and confusing journey. As with all challenges we face as parents, having support around you can be crucial to success. Often the daunting nature of parenting a child with special needs can be lessened with the right support around you. But how do you …

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Brisbane Speech Pathology for kids

Have you been told that your child needs to see a speech pathologist and are wondering what to do next? We have the answers to the most commonly asked questions about speech pathology, plus a link to speech pathologists in Brisbane that specialise in helping children. What is the difference between a speech therapist and …

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Saturday Cubby Club for Special Needs Children boosted by local bequest

Thanks to the generous donation from the estate of Redlands’ local, Ian Webster-McDougall, Play List Group’s new Saturday Cubby Club will go ahead. This much-needed program for local children with low to moderate disabilities will provide sensory play activities and music therapy for children aged up to 13 years. The executor of the estate of Ian …

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Applied Behavioural Analysis Support | Autism Behavioural Intervention Queensland

Autism Behavioural Intervention Queensland (ABIQ) was formed to enhance the treatment of children with autism in Queensland and to promote the use of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA). Decades of research have demonstrated that ABA is the most effective form of early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The purpose of ABIQ is to …

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Toca Box for Autism Awareness | Apps for children with ASD

April is Autism Awareness month, which is the perfect time to share the great app tool kit created by Toca Boca. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically present with a range of traits and characteristics that can include difficulty with social interaction and expression, rigid mindset and struggles with creativity and imaginative play. Toca Box …

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Where to find seam free socks in Australia for kids

Finding seam free socks for kids in Australia is hard work. I know because I have been there! A lot of children have sensory issues when it comes to clothes. Many kids complain about seams and tags itching, scratching or hurting. With socks in particular, some children just don’t like the feeling of wearing them, …

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Positive Penguins | A positive thinking app for Kids

Children often experience feelings of worry, anger, sadness, insecurity and frustration as part of their every day social and emotional development. These feelings are normal and affect all children differently. Sometimes these feelings can build up and cause the child difficulty managing their emotions, resulting in negative thoughts and possible increases in anxiety or anger. Teaching children how …

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Mobile Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy for Children | BOOST THERAPY

Boost Therapy provides high quality family-focused therapy services for kids all over Brisbane, including speech pathology and occupational therapy, and the best thing is … they can come to you! Why choose Boost Therapy Set up by professional and experienced therapists, Boost Therapy combines the skills and knowledge from each of their professional disciplines so …

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Mobile Speech Therapist for Kids in Brisbane

Do you think your child may have difficulty with speech, language, literacy or social skills? Let Brisbane Mobile Speech Therapist Play With Words help your child to develop their language skills. Have you noticed issues with mispronunciation, low vocabulary, following directions or stuttering? Or perhaps your child has a disability or autism spectrum disorder? If …

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Making Rainbows | Early Childhood Music & Movement Program

This wonderful Brisbane Music Class for kids has locations both in Wooloowin and Paddington on Brisbane’s inner north-side. Making Rainbows is an engaging, 40 minute, child-centred music and movement classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Parents are invited to participate in the relaxed and fun atmosphere that encourages a natural love of music in young …

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What is the GAPS diet

This article was written by a mother called Mary that has not only been there and done that with the GAPS diet but also inspirationally taken action to conquer it. This is her story. Note that the opinions are those of the writer.  This year, my family and I took on the mammoth, hopeful, hard …

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Defining Sensory | Uncovering Sensory Processing Disorders in Children

In recent years, we’ve learnt more about how sensory function can influence a child’s behaviour. Sensory function refers to how our kids perceive and react to sensory information and the impact these different sensations have on their ability to function. The other two lesser known sensory functions In addition to the well known senses (taste, …

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Free Parenting Help for Parents of Kids With a Disability | Stepping Stones Triple P

Do you have a child with a disability? Is their behaviour difficult to manage at times? Does this place extra stress on your family? Free Parenting Support for Parents of Children with Disabilities A new free parenting support program is available to Queensland parents who have a child with a disability aged 2 to 12. …

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Individual Music Therapy Sessions for Children with Special Needs | Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Brisbane

The therapists at NMTSB hold a Masters of Music Therapy degree, are registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association and have extra training and qualifications in Neurologic Music Therapy. How does Neurologic Music Therapy work? NMTSB applies research around how music affects the brain and how music can assist children with special needs. Music activates …

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Positive Parenting for Healthy Living with Type 1 Diabetes

If you are a parent of a child aged 2 to 10 years who has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, you may be interested in this Triple P program. For what can be an emotional rollercoaster for families,the diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes involves a daily struggle with illness management that can often go …

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Mobile Child Psychology Brisbane | Changes Psychology

Changes Psychology is a team of child psychologists who saw the need for a mobile child psychology and family psychology service in Brisbane, Springfield and Ipswich to support children from birth to teens and their families in the places where they want to make changes – their home, school or child care centres. They endeavour …

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MyTime playgroups for kids with disabilities

What: Support Groups for parents, carers and grandparents of children with a disability or chronic medical condition. A facilitator coordinates the group and organises guest speakers and activities and Play Helpers assist with children. Socialise and share ideas and information with others who understand the rewards and intensity of caring for a child with special needs. When …

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Secret Agent Society Computer Game Pack

A new computer game is making therapy fun for kids with Asperger’s Syndrome! The Secret Agent Society (SAS) computer game captivates kids with its spy-themed games, interactive adventures and crazy gadgets. The game is part of Dr Renae Beaumont’s acclaimed SAS program, which is the world’s most successful social and emotional skills program for children …

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Hummingbirds Early Intervention, Education & Long Daycare Service Brisbane

Hummingbirds Early Intervention and Education Service is here to HELP YOU – parents and caregivers of a child with challenging needs and disability. Hummingbirds is a service offering small group and individualised long day care, early intervention and support to children with a disability or special need, as well as siblings. Currently based in Redland Bay, …

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Brisbane Paralympic Football Program | Soccer

All sports but especially movement based sport such as football can tremendously benefit children with special needs and can considerably improve the lifestyle of these children in the fact that they promote activeness, increase the child’s self-esteem and social skills and also encourage motivation. At Brisbane Paralympic Football we have developed a program specifically aimed at enhancing the …

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Mobile Brisbane Speech Therapist and OT | Boost Therapy

About Boost Therapy Boost Therapy is a mobile speech pathology and occupational therapy service for children in Brisbane. Their occupational therapists and speech pathologists can travel to your child’s school, home or childcare centre so that assessment and therapy are easy and convenient for you. They are experienced therapists and believe that working together with …

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The Asperger Centre Brisbane

This Centre has been established for people with an Autism Spectrum Condition and their families to be supported. The premise is located only 15km from Brisbane CBD in the Northern Suburbs and is close to rail and bus services. The facility is bright and modern, with free car parking and a small council park adjacent …

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What to look for in an Occupational Therapist for Kids in Brisbane

What to look for in an Occupational Therapist in Brisbane Occupational Therapists help people undertake daily living activities by helping them to develop specific skills, offering alternative ways of performing tasks, and modifying the environment or suggesting the use of modified or specially designed equipment. Therapists who work with kids, often focus on helping them …

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Brisbane All Abilities Playgrounds for Kids

BRISBANE ALL ABILITIES PARKS WITH LIBERTY SWINGS Brisbane all abilities parks are thankfully becoming more widespread. The addition of Liberty Swings in many parks across the city is giving many Brisbane Kids and adults in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the pleasure of having a real swing in the park. The Liberty Swing is an …

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Up and away!

Guest Post by a truly inspiring Brisbane Mum Over two years ago now our journey started with our tiny princess, Ella. An anomaly had shown at my 14 week scan, but my obstetrician had assured me my baby was ‘normal.’ After thorough testing at 20 weeks, no problems were detected with Ella’s internal organs, yet …

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Noahs Ark Toy Library

Toy Library for Brisbane Kids with Disabilities Noah’s Ark is a toy library in Brisbane providing educational resources and toys for children with disabilities and additional needs. They have a specific ASD resource collection and they also provide a postal service throughout the state for their toys. We are very pleased to share that the …

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Brisbane ASD Playgroup

ASD Allstars is a child centred playgroup designed to provide support to families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). ASD Allstars of-fers parents and their children aged 0-5 years old a chance to connect via the medium of PLAY! ASD Allstars is designed for children with ASD or ASD like symptoms, as well as …

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Blogs about special needs

Sometimes the best support you can receive is to know that you are not alone and the purpose of this post is to show you a range of different blogs that are written by real people. Being the parent, carer or support of a child with special needs is a huge responsibility and no doubt …

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Diary of Autism | Perfectly Different

Diary of Autism 2 By a proud Brisbane Mum When my little 3 year old wouldn’t eat anything but crackers I took him to a pediatrician as you do. I watch proudly as he demonstrated his ability to solve complex floor puzzles and build symmetrical block creations. I laughed at the way he rubbed her …

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Diary of Autism

Lisa Jones, mother of 6-year-old Emily who is non-verbal with Autism. We had years of hell before we got an official diagnosis in 2008 that Emily has Autism. After the diagnosis, the child stays the same; it is the parents’ lives that are turned upside down. I felt alone and overwhelmed. People can be very …

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fun apps for kids

60 Fun apps for Kids apps for android and iphone 1. What animal am I? (it make noises, teaches counting and animals) – iPhone   2. Talking Rex (talking dinosaur that mimics what you say) – Android & iPhone ***App is available on both iPhone and Android phones. Rex the dinosaur is a fun interactive …

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Fenced Parks in Brisbane

Fenced Parks in Brisbane First of all there aren’t many Fenced Playgrounds in Brisbane. In our opinion it is a sad case of council and developers forgetting about the real people that use these facilities. To help you find one we have created a list of Fenced Playgrounds in Brisbane. Here are the playgrounds we know …

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Playconnect Playgroups- For Kids with ASD

Playconnect Playgroups- For Brisbane Kids with ASD Playgroups for Kids with ASD The PlayConnect Playgroups are facilitated playgroups specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or ASD like symptoms aged 0-6 years. Playconnect playgroups are also for parents PlayConnect Playgroups also provide support to parents who are not able to access other ASD specific …

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Understanding Hairdresser

Giggles & Scissors Giggles & Scissors specialises in mobile children’s hairdressing. Your little treasure is always more comfortable in their own surroundings, so G&S takes the drama out of haircut time & comes to your home. Its very quick and a lot less stressful for Mum, Dad & Child then taking them to a salon. …

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