Why choose AEIOU?
Choosing the right service for your family is an important and personal choice. Because autism affects each child differently, what works for one family may not work for yours, and vice versa.
Our service was established in 2005 by Brisbane parents, Dr James and Louise Morton, after their own experience when their son Andrew was diagnosed with autism. While the service has now grown to support more than 220 children each year, it is underpinned by the same grassroots values and commitment. At AEIOU, you'll be part of a community.
AEIOU can offer your child:
- A minimum of 20 hours of evidence-based early intervention each week (as recommended in the 2012 Australian Good Practice Guidelines): 'evidence-based' means we use strategies which are proven to work through rigorous research and science.
- A centre-based environment, where your child is accessing a range of therapy supports in one location.
- A warm and play-based naturalistic environment, where children are also supported to develop social and play skills, foster confidence and independence, learn how to initiate play and develop relationships with their peers, and be included.
- A highly skilled transdisciplinary team, comprising Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Behaviour Therapists and Board Certified Behaviour Analysts. We also employ teachers and skilled learning facilitators. All of our team members are trained to deliver autism-specific therapy and education.
- Individual therapy support plans to meet your child’s needs and the development goals you have identified: each child’s program has input from all therapists across disciplines and are overseen by the relevant therapists. All staff are trained to implement each child’s program.
- A high staff-to-child ratio, where children receive the support they need from a specialist team of therapists and educators.
- Progress maps: your child will be assessed for AEIOU's specialised curriculum, but also with standardised assessments, to identify and support their progress.
AEIOU can offer your family:
- A consistent program which is informed and guided by evidence, research and skilled professionals, including Board Certified Behaviour Analysts. (This qualification is rare in Australia, as it is only available via international universities.)
- Community experiences: opportunities to access the community with visits to local attractions in your area, which are always linked to learning and inclusion outcomes.
- Access to a long day care setting which also allows parents to access the workforce, or some respite if needed.
- A nurturing environment, so you can receive the support and training you need to meet your goals at home.
- Access to free workshops and regular advice tailored to your individual needs.
- An affordable service: AEIOU's service is full-time with specialist therapists and educators. Most families will either experience no out-of-pocket expenses, or around the same out-of-pocket expenses they would encounter with full-time childcare.
- Dedicated NDIS support: AEIOU employs in-house NDIS Support Coordinators who can help you with access and funding questions as you navigate the NDIS.
For more information about how we can help your family, call us and talk to our friendly team today: 1300 273 435.