At AEIOU Foundation, we enrol more than 200 children each year. A very important part of our program is the support we provide to each child's family.
Each parent and carer is a valued member of our community and the team at AEIOU respects the diverse backgrounds of each child. We support families in a number of ways, by providing seminars and workshops with strategies to assist families in the home environment, hosting community experiences and providing access to a parent resource library.
Many AEIOU centres also host MyTime groups which are an opportunity to share stories and information.
Below are personal stories written by families who have enrolled their child, or children, at AEIOU Foundation centres. If you would like to share your story, please contact our team today!
I've got this Mum, I'm a big boy now - By Todd LowrieThere is no pride quite like watching your child happily march off to their first day at ‘big school’. For retired NRL premiership winner Todd Lowrie and wife Sally, it was a day they had originally envisaged very differently, had it not been... Continue Reading
Your child can achieve beyond your expectations - By Katy Meilak2017 is certainly a big year for the Meilak family, with son Zac starting primary school in their hometown of Canberra. It’s incredible to think that for the 12 months prior, the family relocated to Brisbane to attend AEIOU’s early intervention... Continue Reading
The only way is up - By Natalie CupittWhen Finn was diagnosed with autism, Natalie knew they only had a limited time to shape his mind and they didn't want to waste a moment. Read more here... Continue Reading
Taking the next step - By Amelia CupittWith Tyler's upcoming transition to 'big school' in 2017, it's comforting for mum Amelia to know they have AEIOU's full support. Read more here... Continue Reading
The door stays open - By Karen FleischerSitting at Ruby's graduation from AEIOU was one of the happiest and proudest moment's of Karen's life. Read more here... Continue Reading
The Dionysius FamilyWilliam is one of AEIOU's younger children and is blossoming in his new environment. Upon starting the program, his mum Elaine was relieved to discover the certainty of routine and how well-equipped the staff were to ensure a smooth transition. Continue Reading
The Redman FamilyWith every little development Jayden makes through AEIOU, life gets a little bit easier not only for Jayden but the whole family. They celebrate each one of his new skills and even his siblings share in the joy. Continue Reading
The Morris FamilyWhen Olivia started at AEIOU she hardly answered to her name, was not talking or toilet trained and delayed in her fine motor skills. She has come along in leaps and bounds since then and mum Kellie says the change to their family has been amazing. Continue Reading
The Innes FamilySam has now successfully transitioned to mainstream school and although the Innes family admit they will still have challenges ahead, AEIOU has given them the confidence to deal with the future. Continue Reading
The Kasangula FamilyIn the time we were with AEIOU, the Kasangula family saw so many changes in their son Jed. One of the most defining moments was when they were driving in the car and he said “where are we going Mummy?” Continue Reading
The Gale FamilyThe Gale's moved from Sydney to access AEIOU's program in Brisbane. They say they would make the same decision a million times over, and that AEIOU feels like family. Lachy is toilet trained, and can communicate with PECs. Continue Reading
The Bennett FamilyEnzo's family never imagined that at just 2 1/2 years old, he would be diagnosed with autism. They say AEIOU has been their 'saving grace'. He has learned to communicate and developed independent living skills. Best of all, he can say 'mummy'! Continue Reading
The Rindfleish FamilyWhen Rob's parents found AEIOU, they knew it was the place for them, but it wasn't that simple: they lived hours away, in Mungindi, on the border of QLD & NSW. Putting work on hold, Betty moved to Toowoomba with her children from Monday - Friday... Continue Reading
The McKinnon-Sharratt FamilySince he started at AEIOU, Felix has learned to communicate, use the toilet independently, complete 50-100 piece puzzles, and most importantly, give his parents lots of cuddles. Continue Reading
The Sarkar FamilyIshaan's parents say that after his enrolment at AEIOU, his confidence and skills emerged and their tears turned to smiles. They say that within one year, he was transformed. He has shown a great talent for music, and enjoys going to school so much... Continue Reading
The Wainstein FamilyDina received an autism diagnosis just before she turned four. Her family enrolled her at AEIOU in 2012, and say that since then, she is a completely different, confident little girl. She is fully toilet trained, she can communicate, and she plays... Continue Reading
The Shine FamilyAidan Shine attended AEIOU's Townsville centre, where he was supported to develop many new skills, including the ability to communicate, connect with his family, and transition to school. His mother Rebecca tells their story. Continue Reading
The Stephens FamilyChase Stephens attends AEIOU's Gold Coast Centre and has developed the ability to communicate with his family and achieve a number of milestones. Continue Reading
The Hogarth FamilyWilliam and Emily Hogarth both attended AEIOU and since that time, have both blossomed, developing the ability to communicate, make friends, and so much more. Today, both have transitioned to new school environments, and this family story was... Continue Reading
The Kahler FamilyAdam and Damon are twins, who both attended AEIOU's Nathan centre before transitioning to school. They began at AEIOU with no words, but left being able to communicate with confidence. Their parents became 'mum' and 'dad', and they say early... Continue Reading
The Swiatek FamilyZane's family say that the placement he received at AEIOU gave them something to hold onto, and it was a turning point in their lives. Their enrolment was confirmed a week before Christmas and was the best present they could have hoped for. At AEIOU... Continue Reading
The Driessen FamilyIsaac attended AEIOU's Toowoomba centre before transitioning to mainstream school. He loves maths, and reading and his parents are very proud of him, explaining AEIOU has given him a strong foundation to grow and develop. Continue Reading
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