The AEIOU Foundation is holding an open day for parents and carers of children with autism in Hervey Bay on Tuesday.
The AEIOU Foundation is holding an open day for parents and carers of children with autism in Hervey Bay on Tuesday.

Insight into program that helps children with autism

THE Goodstart Early Learning Centre in Hervey Bay will host an open day for parents and carers of children with autism on Tuesday from 9.30am to 10.30am.

The AEIOU Foundation is Australia's largest provider of a comprehensive early intervention program for children with autism.

The open day gives a rare opportunity for parents, carers and allied health professionals to see the program.

AEIOU director of education Dianne Heaney said the open day would provide valuable insight.

"It can be overwhelming for parents when they receive a diagnosis, and it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to sourcing affordable, evidence-based education and therapy support that is tailored to a child's individual needs," she said.

"On top of this, thoughts of the future, school and everyday life can create feelings of uncertainty.

"However, early intervention can make a big difference to a child's development, helping them to develop vital life skills, including the ability to communicate and establish relationships.

"The program is play-based with an emphasis on supporting a child's individual needs with curriculum that meets the 2012 Australian Good Practice Guidelines."

Ms Heaney said about 70% of children who completed the AEIOU program successfully transitioned to mainstream school.

Registrations for the open day are essential.

For details or to register, visit aeiou.org.au or phone 3320 7545



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