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Our Families

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!


The Deuble Family -

The Deuble Family - "We love the community AEIOU has welcomed us into"

So much has changed since last Christmas for the Deuble family. They’ve moved to Brisbane from Sydney to give their first-born son the greatest gift possible – early intervention. Looking back, they have so much to be thankful for. New...
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“Without early intervention, Ariana’s transition to school would have been far more challenging

“Without early intervention, Ariana’s transition to school would have been far more challenging"

Each January, a new cohort of parents begin navigating the unknown of Prep for the first time, often struggling with the conflicting emotions that come with sending their child into the big wide world. For families who have a child with autism, this...
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"We still have the friendships from AEIOU, even after four years apart" - The Blacksmith Family

We love nothing more than catching up with past children and hearing about all their achievements and milestones since graduating from AEIOU. For the Blacksmith family of Adelaide, AEIOU gifted them with friendships they will cherish forever. Lucky...
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"We chose the road that would give Jake the best opportunities in life." - The Kahui family

It’s a rough old journey to start, and while initially, there is utter disbelief when the diagnosis comes, with the right help and the best support, the future looks bright. You need to focus on the days when you get the little wins and really...
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"Our daughter is now encouraging others to play" - The Paine Family

Sienna has a smile which lights up a room. Her vibrancy is contagious and the kindness she shows others is enough to make any parent proud. Looking through the camera lens at this confident (almost) five-year-old, it’s hard to imagine that at the...
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"Logan is an exciting chapter in AEIOU’s story & for the autism community" The Setter-Chang's Stor

At AEIOU, we firmly believe every child with autism in the country should have access to early intervention, and the opening of our purpose-built Logan centre on 14 August unlocks that reality for a whole new community of families on Brisbane’s...
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AEIOU alumnus Kobe 'debuts' as honorary Brisbane Bronco: The Blessington Family

AEIOU alumnus Kobe 'debuts' as honorary Brisbane Bronco: The Blessington Family

AEIOU alumnus Kobe will tonight 'debut' as an honorary team member of the Brisbane Broncos when they play against the Sydney Roosters! Running on to the field at Suncorp Stadium is a dream come true for the five-year-old, who is kicking goals at big...
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“Never underestimate the abilities of your child

“Never underestimate the abilities of your child" - The Empringham Family

The Empringham family are not only proud AEIOU parents, but devoted advocates for early intervention through their incredible fundraising efforts. The family was responsible for dreaming up the 2017 Coronis Golf Day, which saw $20,000 raised for...
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“Autism had built a fence around our Emma, and we just had to unlock it

“Autism had built a fence around our Emma, and we just had to unlock it" - The Foster Family

Receiving Emma’s autism diagnosis provided much-needed validation for us. That it wasn’t just me doing a terrible job at parenting. Our family been struggling for some time and were doing everything on our own without outside support. While part...
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“AEIOU helped our son show kindness and love to his brother” - The Parr Family

“AEIOU helped our son show kindness and love to his brother” - The Parr Family

Jasper was our first child so we really had no gauge of what normal behaviour was. It wasn’t until our middle child was born that we knew that we had to seek help. Jasper was so upset whenever his baby brother cried, he would scream so loud and...
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“You walk the journey alone. Until you get to AEIOU” - Katie Burke

“You walk the journey alone. Until you get to AEIOU” - Katie Burke

As a friend once said to me, autism is a marathon, not a sprint. Our outcomes so far have been a continuous upward gain, rather than explosive shift. While I think every family hopes for that dramatic overnight transformation, there is so much...
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Unlocking potential and forging a future - Sarah Frahm

Unlocking potential and forging a future - Sarah Frahm

When Ollie was two years of age, he wasn't talking or even attempting to. He never answered to his name, he never made eye contact, he never wanted to play with me - he just always wanted to be by himself, he wasn't meeting his milestones and he was...
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You are not alone: our experience in early intervention - Jasmin Link

You are not alone: our experience in early intervention - Jasmin Link

I’m grateful to be able to share my part of my son, Luke’s, journey with you. Luke, 5, began at Camira in January 2016, and our journey up to then is quite similar to many families who have a child with autism. It took 10 months off endless...
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AEIOU gave our daughter her voice - Casey Cornish

AEIOU gave our daughter her voice - Casey Cornish

Autism is undoubtedly the biggest life change we, as a family, have ever experienced. It has changed our views on how we look at life and what is important. Living with autism is very much a day-by-day process and each day can differ from the last...
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Opening the window to a world of possibilities - Kirsten Bowman

Opening the window to a world of possibilities - Kirsten Bowman

In those early years, it was as though Lachlan was sitting and looking out the window at real life, but with the support of AEIOU, that window is opening for him, helping him to reach out and engage with life. Above all, AEIOU is helping to connect...
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Our learning journey with two beautiful sons who have autism - The Walters Family

Our learning journey with two beautiful sons who have autism - The Walters Family

We are blessed with three wonderful sons, two who have autism. Our middle child Henry has been attending AEIOU Bray Park since 2015 and is due to transition to ‘big school’ in 2018. There he will join his older brother William, who only received...
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I've got this Mum, I'm a big boy now - Todd & Sally Lowrie

I've got this Mum, I'm a big boy now - Todd & Sally Lowrie

There 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...
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Your child can achieve beyond your expectations - Katy Meilak

Your child can achieve beyond your expectations - Katy Meilak

2017 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...
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The only way is up - Natalie Cupitt

The only way is up - Natalie Cupitt

When 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...
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Taking the next step - Amelia Cupitt

Taking the next step - Amelia Cupitt

With 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...
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The door stays open - Karen Fleischer

The door stays open - Karen Fleischer

Sitting at Ruby's graduation from AEIOU was one of the happiest and proudest moment's of Karen's life. Read more here...
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The Dionysius Family

The Dionysius Family

William 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.
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The Redman Family

The Redman Family

With 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.
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The Morris Family

The Morris Family

When 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.
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The Innes Family

The Innes Family

Sam 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.
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The Kasangula Family

The Kasangula Family

In 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?”
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The Gale Family

The Gale Family

The 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.
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The Bennett Family

The Bennett Family

Enzo'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'!
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The Rindfleish Family

The Rindfleish Family

When 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...
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The McKinnon-Sharratt Family

The McKinnon-Sharratt Family

Since 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.
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The Sarkar Family

The Sarkar Family

Ishaan'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...
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The Wainstein Family

The Wainstein Family

Dina 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...
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The Shine Family

The Shine Family

Aidan 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.
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The Stephens Family

The Stephens Family

Chase Stephens attends AEIOU's Gold Coast Centre and has developed the ability to communicate with his family and achieve a number of milestones.
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The Hogarth Family

The Hogarth Family

William 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...
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The Kahler Family

The Kahler Family

Adam 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...
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The Swiatek Family

The Swiatek Family

Zane'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...
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The Driessen Family

The Driessen Family

Isaac 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.
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