AEIOU’s Toowoomba centre is like a home away from home for many. With the capacity to enrol up to 18 children with autism, our little ones are not only based in the immediate community of Toowoomba, but also commute from properties in surrounding towns or regions. The centre features three classrooms, a parent room, a large shady playground and a sensory garden.
The team includes many long-standing members, including Service Manager Gemma Moore, who first joined AEIOU in 2010, and Assistant Manager Sandy Peachy, who is celebrating 10 years with the Foundation. While Gemma is on maternity leave, the operations of the centre have been placed in the capable hands of Tracey Gauci. Program Manager Ciann Slevin, who came to AEIOU in October 2016, manages the children's individual early intervention therapy programs.
Gemma says she enjoys working at AEIOU, as every day she learns something new. “I love our little people, and I admire strength, passion and love each of our families has for their child/ren. It is a privilege to be part of a team and company that is strengthening each day, and continually striving to make a difference to the lives of children with autism.”
“The thing I love most though, is seeing the incredible changes each of the children make, from the day they start with us, to when they transition to their next setting. Our children are the bravest and most inspiring kids you’ll come across.”
Ciann finds AEIOU both fun and rewarding, explaining the children constantly surprise her. “I’m amazed and inspired by the gains our children make. The passion of all of the team and the parents is incredible, and it’s humbling to see the growth the children and their families experience during their time with us.”
AEIOU’s Toowoomba Centre opened in 2007, and was established with thanks to the incredible support from much-loved local GP, Rhonda Greensill. Soon after the centre was established, Rhonda passed away. Her legacy is remembered at the centre, which was re-named 'The Rhonda Greensill Centre, AEIOU Toowoomba’ in her honour. Rhonda’s family remain important, valued friends of AEIOU Foundation.
This centre is home to a beautiful community, which raises funds and donates resources on a regular basis, also taking part in signature events such as Take a Hike in droves.
The staff at AEIOU recognise that while awareness for AEIOU is growing within the community each year, “so is the love and support, which makes our centre special, and we’re lucky to be a part of this community”.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri - 7am - 5pm
Contact AEIOU Toowoomba Directly:
7 Friend St, Harristown Qld 4350 - see map
P 07 4636 3600, F 07 4636 3611
Toowoomba Chronicle Articles/Videos:
9 Feb 2017 - AEIOU Open Day
1 Apr 2009 - GP's legacy will live on
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