Art and Theatre

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Monkey Baa  theatre company - The Monkey baa is for young people and that means every child. At home in the fully accessible ARA Darling Quarter Theatre, we embrace a multi-disability perspective and our programming caters for patrons with physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive and learning difficulties.

Address -  ARA Darling Quarter Theatre

Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour St, 

Sydney NSW 2000

Telephone -  (02) 8624 9341 

 Perform-Ability - Perform-Ability is Australia’s fastest growing performing arts program for people of all ages with special needs and disabilities.  

  • Hunter Locations:Maryland Charlestown Kearsley (Cessnock)
  • Central Coast Locations:Tuggerah - Private lessons only Wadalba Erina Woy Woy
  • Sydney Locations:Ashfield

Telephone -  0431 036 659  

Holidays 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:  49 565 141

 Email: enquiry@puzzlehouse.org

 

Blankets,Clothing, Sensory Resources

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Calmwear -  Calmwear's ability to completely calm the sensory system down, and allow the wearer to focus and THRIVE,  continues to change the lives of those with sensory needs, worldwide.  

Address - 4/30 Metro Court
Gateshead NSW 2290
contact via web page

Gravid - Weighted blankets. Since 2017, Gravid has become a leader in weighted blanket innovation, taking feedback from 10,000 customers to create a unique therapeutic blanket. Gravid ranks amongst the highest in terms of material selection, weight distribution and ease-of-use.

Address - 11 Ormsby Pl , Wetherill Park NSW  2164

Contact via web page

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   

Nanas weighted blankets - Online store specialising in Weighted blankets and accessories .

Address - 8 Wolstenholme Street, Rutherford NSW 2320 

Telephone 0403 267 877   

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

Sensory Calm -  Weighted blankets, vests and sensory therapy products.

Address -  PO Box 629 Balgowlah NSW 2093

Telephone - (02) 98355 2290

Sensory Tools - Blankets, clothing and sensory toys. 

Address - 5 East Market Street, Richmond NSW 2753 

Telephone -  (02) 9158 0334 

Starfish Store - Carefully sources unique, five-star gifts and educational resources, games and toys. We’re all about nurturing curious minds, keeping fidgety hands busy, and supporting the individual sensory and specialised needs of our customers. 

Address - 24 - 26 Smith St, Kiama NSW

Telephone  - 0409 515 957

Dance, Sport and Fitness

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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 

DANCING HEARTS STUDIO INCORPORATED  - Is a Not for Profit Dance Studio for people with disabilities located in Sydney.

The studio provides dance classes every week to many individuals with varying levels of disability. The students range in age from 13 to 55+ years and are given the opportunity to learn a variety of Dance Styles (Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Ballroom and Zumba).

Locations

  •  66 Princes street, Ashbury.  NSW 2193
  •  9-11 WELLBANK ST, CONCORD NSW, 2137

Telephone -  0488 44 02 02 

Sailability -  Sailability is a program at some sailing clubs that offers an additional level of support, an established network of volunteers, and equipment to assist people of all-abilities to get into sailing. It is an international program first introduced to Australia in the 1990’s, which has grown to being available in every state.

Find out if your local sailing club is involved. 

Sense Rugby - Sense rugby is a rugby based Occupational Therapy program designed to help kids who usually find it difficult to be part of a sports team. 

Locations 

  • Lake Macquarie 
  • Erikka Hall Milestones Therapy

erikka@senserugby.com.au

  • Merewether

Sensational Start Occupational Therapy

Email: admin@sensationalstart.com.au

Telephone: (02) 4089 5022 

  • Batemans Bay Boars

Coast & Country Occupational Therapy

jess@coastandcountryot.com.au

Telephone-  0422 403 684 

  • Matraville & Ramsgate

Moving Mountains Therapy

info@movingmountainstherapy.com.au

Telephone - (02) 8541 1416 

  • Wagga Wagga

Northcott Society

Jess Callaghan

Telephone-  02 6921 1996 M - 0439 409 443

jess.callaghan@northcott.com.au 

  • Wahroonga Tigers

Occupational Therapy Helping Children

Telephone -  (02) 9913 3823

Email: Hello@occupationaltherapy.com.au 

  • Sydney Inner-West

Child Sense – Children’s Therapy Services

Telephone (02) 9568 3559

info@childsense.com.au 

  • Illawarra

Lara Clark

Telephone - (02) 4244 1493

Email: info@uniquekidsclinic.com.au

  • Sutherland Shire

Sensational Kids OT Kirrawee

Telephone -  (02) 8004 2727

Email: info@sensationalkidsot.com.au

  • Central Coast

Coastwide Therapy Services

Telephone -  04388 1110

admin@coastwidetherapy.com.au 

  • The Hills District

Luke Walsh

Email: luke@senserugby.com.au

  • Northern Beaches

Becky Pimentel

Email: northernbeaches@senserugby.com.au

  • Scone and Muswellbrook

Jemma Smith

Email: scone@senserugby.com.au 

  • Port Macquarie

All Together Therapy

Telephone-  (02) 6583 4063

Email: referrals@alltogethertherapy.com.au

  • Parramatta

Kool KATTS

Telephone-  0451 745 667

Email: info@koolkatts.com.au

Driving schools

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Disability driving school - Disability Driving School provides comprehensive assessments and/or driving lessons for clients with a range of needs. Disability Driving School covers all of Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and surrounding area. 

Telephone -   0411 727 233 

Modified Driving Solutions -  Modified Driving Solutions are based in South West Sydney and offer a mobile Occupational Therapy driving assessment service around Sydney. They can also help drivers requiring rehabilitation or short-term driving lessons. They have experience working with individuals, rehabilitation and insurance providers. They are also a registered NDIS service provider. 

Address - Mobile Locations Sydney area.

 Telephone - 0406541485 

Two States Driving School - Two States Driving School has been operating in Victoria and NSW for over 55 years and are proud to be the only driving school approved by NDIS in the Goulburn Valley, North Eastern Victoria & Riverina Regions.  

Address - 8-30 Station St, Cobram VIC 3644  

Telephone - (03) 5871 1046 

 

Education and support

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AMAZE - AMAZE raises awareness and influences positive change for people on the autism spectrum their families/supporters and provides independent, credible information and  resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.

Address -  24 Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053 

Telephone- (03) 96571600  

Autism Actually -  Autism Actually is a consultancy and mentoring business based in Victoria, that provides workshops and presentations on Autism in Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary settings. They provide mentoring services for staff, family members, and Autistic individuals from a range of age groups. 

Contact via their webpage

Autism advisory & support service -  AASS was established in 2007 to empower children and adults with autism and their families through knowledge and support, and to positively impact and influence their social and  emotional development.

Address - 88 Memorial Ave, Liverpool NSW 2170

24 Hour support Line 1300 222 777  (Australia wide) 

General inquiries - (02) 9601 2844 

Autism Awareness -  Autism Awareness empowers parents and carers with quality information and resources. They provide targeted educational programs to families, professionals and the broader community. They also support inclusion for people on the autism spectrum.

Address - PO Box 1544 Double Bay NSW 1360  

Telephone - 1300 900 681 

Autism camp Australia -  Autism Camps Australia aims to improve the health and well being of autistic young people 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 NSW - Bets Gregory is a Davis Autism Approach Facilitator based on the north shore of Sydney, Australia. Bets has worked with many children and adults with autism. These autistic individuals range from age 6 to age 54. Each person has changed in their own way, and have successfully overcome many of their issues and concerns – without changing their personality. 

Address -  17 Grassmere rd, Killara, ​Sydney, Australia. NSW

Telephone -  9402 9202
Mobile - 0414 013 490 

Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT) -  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 

Friends Matter - Teaching teens & young adults with social challenges, how to make and keep friends. Small, Friendly Classes on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Locations 

  • Northern Beaches & Neutral Bay NSW

Telephone -  0416 084 235  

I Can Network - The I CAN Network is an organisation that empowers people on the Autism Spectrum with an 'I CAN' attitude. Offering both in school programs and online mentoring groups.

Australia wide

contact via thier web page.

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

Mindd Foundation - The Mindd Foundation helps practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive, Developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Thier focus is on paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. Research is showing that these children are coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders” triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections. 

Address -   PO Box 324, Edgecliff, NSW 2027 

Telephone - ( 02) 9327 1847 

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. Our 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

Sameview - 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

Occupational Therapy Australia - If you are looking for a local occupational therapist in your region then 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 

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 Assistance

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Horse sense for humans -  Horse Sense for Humans uses the Eagala model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development and is a leading service provider in the Eurobodalla Shire and the NSW South Coast. 

Locations 

  • Longridge Equestrian Centre

                Malua Bay NSW 2536

 

  • Ellesmere Equine Centre

                Turlinjah NSW 2537

Telephone - 0413 337 007 

Assistance dogs Australia -  Assistance dogs Australia is a free-to-client assistance dogs provide Independence, self-esteem, improved health and relationships to individuals and families – resulting in stronger and more successful communities. 

Postal Address - PO BOX 233, Pyrmont, NSW 2009

Telephone -  (Toll Free) 1800 688 364 

Center for service therapy dogs Australia -  The center for service and therapy dogs Australia (CSTDA) is focused on working with specifically trained dogs within mutually defined programs, to assist people to achieve predefined therapeutic and educational goals .

Locations Nationwide

Telephone - 0458458541

Email  -  info@cstda.com.au 

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 

Heads and tails equine assisted clinical psychology  - Founded by Dr Anna Cohen & Emma Caldwell, Heads & Tails is an equine therapy program designed to reach children and young people that traditional room-based therapy cannot help. Counselling for kids is enhanced by equine therapy.

Address -  397 Darling Street, Balmain, NSW 2041 

Telephone -  (02) 9555 1168 

Sydney Equine assisted learning -  Sydney Equine Assisted Learning (SydneyEAL), offers a range of therapeutic and educational activities involving horses.
We provide both Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Sessions (Eagala Model -EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning Programs (EAL). It is a therapy that uses horses to help humans. 

Locations   

  • Blaxlands Ridge 
  •  Castlereagh, NSW 

Telephone -  0405 117 968 

Places of Interest and Social Scripts

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia -  Tthe Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is Australia’s leading museum dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.
Address - 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000

Email reception@mca.com.au
Telephone (02) 9245 2400 

Play groups 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

For information about PlayConnect Playgroups in your local area contact your State or Territory Playgroup Association on 1800 790 335 (toll-free). 

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.