AEIOU Foundation is the largest provider of its kind in Australia. We operate nine early intervention centres, with eight in Queensland and one in Adelaide. With an evidence-based autism-specific curriculum, children aged two-and-a-half to six years (two years in South Australia) benefit from high quality and consistent therapy where progress is monitored to identify areas of growth and where more support may be needed. You can read about our curriculum here.
AEIOU's program meets the Australian Guidelines for Good Practice 2012. With a high staff-to-child ratio, all children are supported by a transdisciplinary team that specialises in autism-specific early intervention. Our team is comprised of behaviour therapists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers, and facilitators who support the delivery of all therapy.
Our priority is to support the whole family unit. We teach children vital life skills, creating opportunities to live more independently and with greater confidence, along with reducing challenging behaviours. We also provide regular training and support to parents and carers, along with tools to achieve therapy goals in the home. For example, within the first 12 months of being enrolled at AEIOU, 89% of children are successfully toilet trained, or are undertaking toilet training. After 12 months in the two-year program, 66% of children are reported by their parents to talk in phrases, compared with 36% at intake.
Each child is supported to transition to their next school environment.