Early childhood groups support children up to school entry age to develop the skills necessary for successful participation in-home and community life and transition into the next stage of their education.
Autism Queensland’s Early Childhood Services groups provide intensive, evidence-informed services for children on the spectrum five years and under. Each group contains a maximum of six children and is led by either a speech therapist, occupational therapist, or teacher supported by two program assistants. Input from other relevant professionals is provided on a weekly basis.
Children attend for either two or three days during school terms. Most join the group at the beginning of the school year and attend for at least 12 months. All children receive an individual assessment before their enrolment commences. Families and Autism Queensland Early Childhood Services staff jointly set your child’s goals for that term. These are reviewed at the end of each term and new ones set. This process continues throughout your child’s placement.
Autism Queensland’s Early Childhood Services groups:
- Recognise the specific needs of young children with autism
- Recognise parents are crucial members of the team who will help your child achieve success
- Use the child’s individual strengths and interests to motivate learning and develop skills
- Teach skills that are meaningful and useful for each child
- Utilise a positive approach to behaviour support which focuses on understanding the reasons for undesirable behaviour.
For more information about accessing a place for your child, fees, NDIS funding etc please complete the expression of interest form.
Early Childhood groups are run in Brisbane, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns.
NB: A waitlist may apply to some groups.
Please note: Autism Queensland group program fees are charged under the Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living section of your NDIS Plan. If you do not have funding in this specific Support Category, please discuss with your NDIS Local Area Coordinator or phone the NDIS on 1800 800 110.
This nine-week group follows the principles of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding to help children develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes. It aims to help children have positive experiences with food, learn about mealtime routines, decrease resistance to touching, tasting, and swallowing food, and expand the range of foods they will try.
This group is run in Brisbane, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay.
Food School (School Holiday Group)
This week-long group follows the principles of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding to help children develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes. It aims to help children have positive experiences with food, learn about mealtime routines, decrease resistance to touching, tasting, and swallowing food, and expand the range of foods they will try.
This group is run in Brisbane.
A group for children on the autism spectrum and their parents that help prepare for a successful transition to mainstream Prep. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a group education setting, and build their pre-academic skills including handwriting, cutting and fine motor skills. Parents will also gain greater knowledge and understanding of their child’s individual needs and be better equipped to support their child’s transition to Prep.
This group is run in Brisbane.
A short-term group that aims to develop children’s functional abilities in the area of social skills including turn-taking and sharing, play, social communication and friendship. Children aged between 5- 8 years will attend a one-hour session weekly over nine weeks after school.
This group is run in Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns.
Preparing for year 1
A 15-week group for children on the autism spectrum to prepare for successful transition from Prep to Year 1.
This group is run in Mackay.
Early start denver model
The ESDM is a model for children under 5 years designed to target the key features of autism involving intensive teaching within a play-based curriculum. Read more.
The ESDM is delivered in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay.
NB: Due to high demand and a long waitlist, ESDM is currently unavailable at our Brisbane locations.