Holiday and Accommodation

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Big 4 Holiday parks - Big 4 have teamed up with Amaze to provide social scripts for holiday parks, an essential tool for people with Autism and their families to prepare for a holiday and travel.

Locations throughout Australia

Contact via Web Page 

Royal Caribbean Cruise line - USA based cruise liner specialising in Autism friendly cruises.

Telephone - 1800 754 500

The Puzzle House -  The Puzzle house is a not-for-profit charity, a group of parents with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other interested people, who are working hard to obtain land and build a purpose built holiday house for people with ASD and their families. 

To contact Puzzle House please call Julie Lewis – Chairperson on the below number. Alternatively you can use the email address below.

Phone:  (02) 49 565 141

 Email: enquiry@puzzlehouse.org

Blankets, Clothing,Sensory Resources

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JettProof - JettProof are manufactures and supplies calming sensory clothing and undergarments to assist children and adults with Autism, Asperger's, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Apraxia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD and Anxiety. 

Address   Kahibah NSW 2290 Australia

Telephone 1300 667 687 

Kaiko fidgets -  Discreet and noisless range of  fidgets. FOR ADULTS & YOUTH ALIKE who struggle with fidgeting, anxiety, hair twirling, pen clicking, tapping, nail biting, picking, ADHD, ADD, ASD, learning & concentration difficulties or for those that want to keep their hands busy! 

Contact Via online shop

Modibodi  - Specialising in period proof underwear and swim wear.

Online store.

contact via web page   

Red Blanket Co - Red Blanket Co make weighted lap pads and blankets in a range of sizes as well as a few other weighted products. All products are hand made to order.

Telephone - 0417 370 218 

Contact via Facebook

Shoes & Sox - Children's shoe stores with shops available Australia wide.   Appointments available at quiet times to accommodate special needs for those with Sensory needs.

Contact and Locations Via Web Page  

Telephone - (03)86711749 

Therapy  blanket - Online store specialising in weighted blankets.

Contact via web page

Driving schools

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DOTS OT driving solutions -  DOTS OT driving solutions offer Occupational Therapy (OT) Driver Assessments to residents of the ACT and NSW. These specialist assessments are often required when your doctor or other professional makes a request to have your driving abilities reviewed. This will be in relation to a medical condition that may impact on your ability to drive to the current road standards. 

Locations - NSW and ACT

Telephone - 0410 984 339   

 0447 300 457  

TT Driver training -  TT Driver Training provides mainstream and specialist driver training session Todd focus's on specialising in driver assessment and training for drivers with a disability, mental health, or a medical condition. HQ is situated in Stroud, NSW in the beautiful mid coast but our business has been built across the Hunter region. 

Location - Hunter Region

Contact via Web page

Education and Support

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Autism camp Australia -  Autism camp Australia aims to improve the health and well being of young people with Autism and their families through the provision of accessible and supported respite-break camp experiences, therapies and life skills development. An opportunity for the whole family to have a holiday together.

Telephone - (02) 6684 9304.

Contact via web page

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Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) -   ASPECT Is the largest service provider for people on the Autism spectrum.  

Locations throughout Australia.

Telephone- 1800 277 328 

Autism Advisor – The Autism Advisor is a free service available as part of the Helping Children with Autism funding package. Autism Advisors are available for families with children aged 0-6 years with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The Autism Advisor Program in the NT is operated by Autism SA. 

Sign up for their newsletter via Autism SA 

Telephone -  0437 008 670 

Autism Northern Territory - Autism Northern Territory is the peak body for Autism in the Northern Territory. They provide support for children, parents, carers, teachers, school staff and professionals working or living with those on the Autism spectrum. 

Address -  Shop 19, Nightcliff Shopping Centre, Dick Ward Drive, Nightcliff NT 0814

Telephone - 8948 4424

Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) -   Is the largest service provider for people on the Autism spectrum. ASPECT is the national peak body (formerly The Autism Council of Australia) 

Locations throughout Australia.

Telephone- 1800 277 328 

Marymead - MaryMead is a well-respected, not-for-profit organisation servicing the ACT and southern and western regional areas of NSW, it has been delivering a range of high quality, family support services to children, young people and their families since 1967.  Marymead works with children, young people (aged 25 years or less) and their families, to address the complex issues that surround them and affect their lives. They provide specialist, early intervention, clinical therapeutic services and support programs and services. 

Address -  255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah ACT 2604
Telephone (02) 6162 5800

My Special Child - My special child  was created to provide information, strategies and support to parents, carers and educators of children with additional needs, learning difficulties or behavioral challenges. 

Contact Rebecca Perkins via web page

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)  - The NDIA is an independent statutory agency. Their role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers. 

Telephone - 1800 800 110

Noahs Ark -  Noah’s Ark is a community organisation based in Victoria and the ACT.  They offer a range of services and programs that support families who have a child (aged 0-8) with a disability or additional needs. 

Address - Victoria and ACT.

Telephone -  1800 819 140

Occupational Therapy Australia -  If you are looking for a local occupational therapist in your region the OTA’s Find an OT directory lists occupational therapists working in private practice settings throughout Australia.

Use the link to access the OTA's site 

Sameview -  Have developed a solution that will support the coordination of care. The sameview app allows carers to track some of the most stressful parts of regular appointments against goals and milestones. 

Download the app or contact them Via their website.

Sue Larkey - Educator and Author, Sue Larkey is dedicated and passionate about her mission – to inspire parents and educators and teach them how to Make it a Success. Sue Larkey is uniquely positioned within the education system having taught both as a primary school teacher and a special education teacher. Sue has her online shop and regularly tours Australia.

Address - PO Box 20,Artarmon NSW 1570

Telephone -  0433 660 379

Yellow Lady bugs -  Yellow Ladybugs is an Autistic-led non-government organisation with strong bridges to the community. They are dedicated to the happiness, success and celebration of autistic girls and women.

Nation Wide

Contact via web page 

Equine and Animal Therapy

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Guide Dogs Australia -Therapy Dogs and Autism assistance dogs -  The Therapy Dog Program is a community focused service which has been offered by Guide Dogs for over 30 years. A Therapy Dog may provide comfort, companionship and emotional support to individuals, families, and those attending or residing in facilities, whom experience behavioral, emotional, developmental and mental health conditions, physical disabilities, or isolation caused by age or illness. 

Please see you states Guide dog association for details .

Guide dogs SA/NT


Mind your paws - The Mind Your Paws Therapy Dog team consists of a registered School Teacher (handler) and a certified Therapy Dog.  Our Therapy Dogs are certified through Lead the way.

Servicing Darwin, Palmeston and surrounding areas.

Telephone -  0400 298 505 

Red Rocks Stud - Red Rocks stud offer therapy in 5 and 10 week blocks this is in conjunction with qualified psychologists and we offer a travelling service. They work with special needs children, youth justice and family services. Red Rocks stud have found this to be an effective model of therapy for engaging and retaining attendance from clients who struggle with traditional methods.  

Address - Humpty Doo NT 0836 

Telephone -  (08) 89760900

Riding for the disabled association NT-  Many different horse-related activites are available through Riding for the Disabled. While not all of these are provided at all centers in SA, the programs on offer are designed to be interesting and challenging, building upon each individual's abilities towards achieving independent riding. 

Locations 

 

  • Alice Springs

 rda.alice@gmail.com

  •  Marlow Lagoon (Top end)

rdanorth@bigpond.com

Riding for the disabled association ACT -  Many different horse-related activites are available through Riding for the Disabled. While not all of these are provided at all centers in SA, the programs on offer are designed to be interesting and challenging, building upon each individual's abilities towards achieving independent riding. 

Address - 119 Drake Brockman drive, Holt ACT 2615

Telephone  - (02) 6254 9190 

Pegasus riding for the disabled - Pegasus Riding for the Disabled provide horse and farm activities for people with a disability in the Canberra region. As soon as  riders come through the gates, they are met with sights and smells that transport them to another world. A place where they can wheel or walk easily, a place where they can feel safe and secure; a place that is a home away from home.   

Address - 119 Drake Brockman drive, Holt ACT 2615

Telephone  - (02) 6254 9190 

Places of Interest and Social Scripts

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Canberra Airport -  Canberra Airport is committed to providing a terminal that is readily accessible by all members of the community.

If you require special assistance or wheelchairs when departing or arriving, please contact the customer service team in advance to make the necessary arrangements.

Telephone - 02 6275 2226 

Questacon -  The national science and technology center. They have resources available for visitors on the Autism spectrum. There is a quiet space, the Cloud Chamber, in the alcove between Galleries 2 and 3. There are also quiet spaces around the building - ask staff for your nearest quiet space. Earmuffs are available for free hire at the information desk.

Sensory Information

Social Script

The National Dinosaur museum - The museum contains several animatronic dinosaurs which will move and make sounds when the sensors are triggered as visitors walk past.
The museum appreciates that some visitors may be noise sensitive and offer a quiet mornings every Tuesday morning from 10am-12pm (excluding ACT/NSW school holidays) when the animatronics will be switched off to allow for a more peaceful viewing experience. Over the ACT/NSW school holiday periods they will not be able to offer this service. 

Address -  6 gold Creek Rd, Nicholls ACT 2913

Telephone - (02) 6230 2655 

Playgroups and Childcare

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Leor  - Leor offers alternative childcare options to a nanny or daycare centres, with flexible arrangements to work around both your needs and those of your child.

 Locations   

  • New South Wales – Sydney metro plus regional and remote areas across the State
  • Australian Capital Territory – entire territory
  • Queensland – Brisbane metro plus regional and remote areas across the State
  • Northern Territory – Darwin metro plus regional and remote areas across the Territory
  • Western Australia – Perth metro plus regional and remote areas across the State
  • Victoria – Melbourne metro plus regional and remote areas across the State

Telephone -  02 9051 0511   

My Time -  MyTime groups are a supportive space for parents to feel understood and share ideas about managing a range of situations. A MyTime group is more than a playgroup, it's a place where parents can meet others in similar situations. 

My Time is facilitated by the department of Social services.

Locations Nation Wide

Contact Via Web Page.

PlayConnect - PlayConnect is a program run by Play Group Australia.  PlayConnect Playgroups are designed for families of children aged 0-6 years who have unique needs associated with having an Autism Spectrum Disorder  or autism-like characteristics in communication, behaviour or social skills.Locations Nationwide

 

Sport

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Bowl Patrol - Learn to bowl program ideal for kids aged 6 -12. 8 week program matching school terms. A safe and inclusive sport for children of all abilities.

Locations

Check Bowl Patrol for programs in you state. 

Telephone -  0468 645 431 

Supermarkets

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Coles supermarkets -  Quiet Hour provides a low sensory shopping experience by making changes in store, such as reducing noise and distractions, to help make a difference to customers who find it challenging to shop in a heightened sensory environment.

See Coles web site for participating stores and times.