Special Needs and Information

Finding support and information can be challenging. We are using this space to connect you to all the support services and helpful information as we become aware of it.

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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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Late Talkers – What to do about Delayed Language Development in Children

“My two year old only has four or five words but understands everything.  Is this normal?” This is one of the most common questions I am asked as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist.  Firstly, let’s talk about the concept of receptive language and expressive language.  Receptive language is what a child understands, how they break down/follow …

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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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InFocus Disability Services for families of children/young adults who have high support needs

InFocus Disability Services is a Brisbane-based support organisation for families of children and young adults who have high support needs arising from a variety of disabilities including physical, sensory, intellectual and autistic spectrum disorders.  InFocus provides a range of specialist services and is NDIS ready. About InFocus Disability Services Previously known as Xavier Children’s Support Network, InFocus …

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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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Treasures ASD Swim Program | A Brisbane First!

Children with autism are often drawn to water, but many find participating in swimming lessons very challenging, for many different reasons. Now, Hampton Swim School and Gateway Therapies have come together to develop a specialised program designed to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to take part in and really enjoy swimming lessons. Such classes …

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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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Mental Health and Therapy Options in Brisbane for Kids

Sometimes it’s hard to admit when we need help, when we can’t fix everything and we can’t always do everything on our own. If you feel your child may benefit from some form of therapeutic support, you are not alone! You have not failed in some way. In fact, you are doing the BEST thing …

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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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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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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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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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