Request a Service / Make an Enquiry
Before submitting an enquiry for a service, please note that fees apply to AQ services. NDIS funding can be used where applicable.
If you are a NEW client wanting to request a service or seeking more information please click here to fill out our online enquiry form.
If you are an EXISTING client wanting to request a service or seeking more information please click here to send us an email with details.
Where are we?
AQ Cairns – Bungalow
11 Cava Close, Bungalow
Located in the central suburbs of Cairns, our newest centre offers the following services and supports for autistic people living in the region: Allied Health & Diagnostic Assessments, Individual Therapy, Therapy Groups and more (see below for further details).
AQ Cairns – Edmonton
Far North Queensland Centre of Excellence
15 – 17 Marr Street, Edmonton QLD 4869
Located in the southern suburbs of Cairns in far north Queensland, AQ services and supports offered at this site include: Allied Health & Diagnostic Assessments, Individual Therapy, AQ School, Therapy Groups and Kindi groups and more (see below for further details).
Our Services & Supports
We are the State’s peak autism body, providing a comprehensive selection of education, therapy and support services to assist autistic children and adults, their families, carers and others supporting and working with them. See following overview of services and supports available at Cairns:
AQ School (Prep-Year 6)
AQ School Cairns campus is an autism-friendly environment supporting Prep-Year 6 autistic students to learn, participate and engage.
AQ has been providing specialist education for autistic children for 55 years. We support autistic students with small group learning opportunities, a personalised program, effective inter-disciplinary team support, and collaboration with their families and other school settings, in order that they develop skills to participate to their fullest extent in their home, school and local community.
Positive Behaviour Support looks to decrease behaviours of concern and increase the person’s quality of life.
AQ’s Behaviour Support Service consists of a functional behaviour assessment, recommendations of preventative, proactive and reactive strategies, including any assessment of restrictive practices, the training of staff and carers in how to implement the plan.
Consultancy & Advisory Services
Inclusion Consultancy Services
Our helpful and experienced autism specialists can partner with you and your teams to provide expert guidance around developing inclusive and innovative spaces/activities that are accessible to everyone. Available consultancy services include:
- Early Childhood Inclusion Services
- School Autism Consultancy Inclusion Services
- Community & Corporate Organisation Inclusion Services
School Advisory Service
AQ’s School Advisory Service takes place at schools (face-to-face or online) across Queensland and aims to provide information, advice, support and individualised strategies to support the educational outcomes of children with ASD.
AQ has a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists who are qualified to conduct a range of assessments with children, adolescents and adults for diagnostic and other purposes.
- Child & Adolescent Diagnostic Assessment
- Adult Diagnostic Assessment
- ADOS-2 (as requested by medical specialist)
- Other assessments (occupational therapy, speech pathology, etc).
EarlyAQtion Childhood Services & Kindi
Early diagnosis followed by structured, individualised services can make a significant difference in the lives of young children on the autism spectrum.
AQ offers a range of early childhood services for young autistic children (age 0-7) developed and delivered by therapy and education professionals with expertise in autism, they focus on key elements including behaviour, developmental and social skills and family-based interventions to meet the needs of children and their families.
AQ delivers face to face speech pathology, occupational therapy & psychology* services for all ages from our centres across Queensland, and statewide through telepractice.
Our practitioners have a broad range of experience, skills and additional certifications to best cater to the individual needs of the person accessing their services.
AQ delivers the Circle of Security (COS) Parenting™ program, based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.
Exploring the needs of your child with a clinician experienced in autism and with other parents of children with autism will assist you in building your parental confidence and connect with other parents.
Professional Development & Parent Education
AQ delivers autism-focused workshops, webinars, and specialised training services for a range of audiences including:
- Parents & carers
- Therapists, support workers, consultants
- Educators, teacher aides, teachers, school staff
- OHSC & Vacation Care staff and others.
AQ offers services via online conference, or what we refer to as “Telepractice” with our speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
They are easy to navigate, and allow for interaction in many ways, such as:
- Live via interaction with ability to immediately share documents, videos and other resources
- Online visual cues or playing online games using a shared screen
- Working on documents or forms in real time
- Parent/carer training and coaching.
AQ offers a range of evidence-informed therapy groups for autistic children, adolescents and adults. These groups are developed and delivered by a team of therapy and education professionals with expertise in autism.
Our therapy groups focus on individual goals of the participant and their families and highlight areas of concern including behaviour, developmental and social participation, motor skills, transitioning to school, making friends, anxiety, daily living activities and independent lifestyles.