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 find the right support? Friends, family, doctors and schools are a great resource for general support, but sometimes yours and your child’s needs go beyond this traditional network.
Here are some groups available in Brisbane to support parents and children with Autism:
Autism Queensland: One of the largest support groups available to children, parents and families. They aim to make a positive difference through choice and opportunity. They offer support programs, community assistance, outreach and respite services and more.
Autism Awareness Australia: A great source of information about Autism and all the support available not only in Brisbane but Australia wide.
Asperger Centre Brisbane: This centre on Brisbane’s Northside provides people with Asperger’s Syndrome the opportunity to reach their individual potential to benefit society by full and effective acceptance, participation and inclusion in the community. The have lots of workshops and opportunities to meet with other parents via playgroups and coffee mornings. They also offer a host of professionals in the one location to support you on your journey.
FSG Australia: One of the largest community organisations in Australia with a focus on connecting people and disability support in their community.
Ability Care QLD: Focus on enhancing the quality of life of adults and children with sensory disabilities to allow them to live the life they want.
Autism CRC: Run out of The University of QLD this group offers support in education and beyond.
Kooky Kids: Offer a number of group options that celebrate your child’s “differences” to help them develop into interesting, creative and compassionate human beings.
Minds and Hearts: Offers a large range of support options including groups for different ages in term and over school holidays. They also do work with siblings and issues specific to girls on the spectrum and well as teenager issues.
AEIOU: Focused on early intervention learning and practical care and support this organisation strives to enhance the lives of children with Autism.
Playconnect playgroups The PlayConnect Playgroups are facilitated playgroups specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or ASD like symptoms aged 0-6 years.
Autism Support Groups
These groups and organisations are just the tip of the ice-berg that we have found. There are lots of community groups that offer support for kids with autism. Check out your local Scouts, PCYC or Community Centre to find out more. There are also many online support groups – research these thoroughly before joining to make sure they are offering the right kind of support.
When looking for support remember it is not a “one size fits all” affair. Try out different options until you find the one that best suits your needs. You may need to utilise a number of support groups to make sure that yours and your child’s needs are met.
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