AEIOU Foundation to open tenth centre for children with autism

Children with autism and their families in Logan will soon have access to life-changing early intervention with AEIOU Foundation’s newest centre set to open in July 2018.

AEIOU Logan will provide early intervention to at least 50 children aged two to six each year and will be the tenth the foundation has opened since establishing in 2005.

“This is a real milestone for us,” CEO Alan Smith says, “and we are excited to be working with families, schools, community groups and Griffith University, to provide positive outcomes in the region.

“Currently we are supporting more than 220 children across two centres in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Townsville, Bundaberg and Adelaide. With the addition of Logan we will have the largest cohort of children with autism aged 2-6 in the country, which we are very proud of. The assessments and evaluations our research team undertakes across the program contribute to our evidence-based practices and to the wider research community. Our Logan centre will also house the Griffith University’s Autism Centre of Excellence which is committed to improving the quality of life for children and adults with autism,” Alan says.

Children and families who access AEIOU receive more than 20 hours’ therapy per week in a long day-care setting. Parents and carers have access to workshops and training, to help them achieve goals in the home and the community. This not only meets the recommendations released by Early Childhood Intervention Australia, but supports families to be active members of the community. “The long-term economic benefits of evidence based early intervention are profound,” Alan adds. 

AEIOU Foundation is actively engaged with the local community. As well as being part of the Logan Together initiative, AEIOU is getting out in the community, reading to children at local libraries, holding pop-up stalls at shopping centres, networking with health and education professionals and you might even see them cooking sausages at Bunnings! 

“We are passionate about what we do and are keen to work with families in Logan, unlock their child’s potential and see them thrive,” Alan says.

To find out more about AEIOU Logan, or any of AEIOU’s nine centres in Queensland and Adelaide visit www.aeiou.org.au, or phone 1300 273 435.

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