Websites

These links provide general information for educators, parents and caregivers.

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The following independent websites have been selected as they provide general information and resources for parents, including information and strategies to support language and literacy development.

Autism Hub

Autism Cooperative Research Centre

The Autism Cooperative Research Centre is the world's first national, cooperative research effort focused on autism. The Centre takes a whole of life approach to autism, focusing on diagnosis, education and adult life.

Australian Education Needs Analysis - In Australia's first, national educational needs analysis, we surveyed 1,500 educators, parents and students on the spectrum to determine the needs of schools, parents and students across Australia.

The Robotics Social Club Program - Teaching social skills and programming using LEGO robotics.

LEGO Social Clubs Executive report - This study has evaluated how Social Robotics Clubs can support students in mainstream schools in building social networks, particularly those on the autism spectrum. In a collaboration between teachers at Brisbane Catholic Education and researchers at The Queensland University of Technology, the research study demonstrated that inclusive activities with peers increased social connections, teamwork skills and academic engagement for students on the autism spectrum.

Improving School Functioning by Reducing Anxiety in Children on the Spectrum - this project investigated whether participation in a group cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) anxiety program assists children on the autism spectrum to function better at school, including their anxiety, mood, social skills, and academic outcomes.

Emergent Literacy - The aim of this study was to describe the emergent literacy skills of preschool children on the autism spectrum prior to school entry. We also wanted to find out how factors of home literacy environment, autism symptomology, age, and general oral language skills are related to children's emergent literacy performance.

Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder - Bond University

The Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder is committed to supporting the autism community through dissemination of research findings and provision of professional education initiatives.

Griffith University - Autism Centre of Excellence

The central focus of the Autism Centre of Excellence is improvement in the quality of life of children and adults with autism. The Centre seeks to support learning for people with autism across their life span and open doors of opportunity - from early childhood, to further education and employment.

Legislation

All Queensland State schools are required to adhere to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE). The following online resources are provided to assist parents and educators to understand the obligations set out in the DSE Legislation:

Staff of Queensland state schools may access the Disability Standards for Education courses through the Learning Place (DET employees).

Transition to school resources

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the successful transition to schools of all students. This resource provides valuable information to support successful transitions and information for parents.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Online Resource Transition Package is a joint project between the Department of Education and Training, AEIOU Foundation and Autism Queensland.

The online resource package has been developed to assist early intervention service providers (e.g. AQ and AEIOU), parents and teachers (Kindergarten and Prep) by providing information and resources to support children with ASD transition into Queensland schools.

Positive Partnerships

Positive Partnerships is an initiative funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Helping Children with Autism package. The website provides a learning platform with evidence-based material and practical resources as well as a calendar of workshops and events for both parents and educators. Further information can be accessed at Positive Partnerhips.

Reading Centre

Australia

First 5 Forever

First 5 Forever connects parents to a range of resources and ideas for them to try, and links them to their local library for more ideas and information about how to enhance language development for children, laying the foundation for later literacy.

Website: First5Forever

Raising Children Network

Raising Children Network is the complete resource for Australian parents, taking them from pregnancy to newborns to teenagers. Raising Children Network offers evidence-based content parents can trust on hundreds of topics about raising children and about the importance of language and literacy development.

Website: Raising Children

The Early Years Count

Babies and young children are developing both physically and mentally at a rapid rate in the early years. They are learning every day, through every experience.  From day one, parents and families play a vital role in providing love, attention and interesting experiences to stimulate a child’s development. 
The Early Years Count provides information and activities on supporting your child’s early learning and development through play, care, encouragement, numeracy (read and count) and literacy (talk and listen).

Website: The Early Years Count

Queensland Government – Literacy and numeracy

Students need basic literacy and numeracy skills to be able to participate fully in school and life. The Literacy and Numeracy site provides information about how parents can help develop their child’s Literacy and Numeracy learning.

Website: Literacy and numeracy

International

Reading Rockets

Reading rockets offers information and resources on how young children learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Reading Rockets brings research-based strategies to anyone involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader.

Website: Reading Rockets

Read Write Think - Parent and afterschool resources

Read write think provides engaging ways to introduce children to read or to encourage them to write. 

Website: ReadWriteThink

Understood for learning and attention issues

This website provides support and digital tools for parents of children with learning and attention issues. It supports learning at home, including ways to create an encouraging reading and writing environment.

Website: Understood for learning and attention issues

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Last reviewed 11 April 2017
Last updated 12 May 2017