Here we hope you find specific resources that will help you. Please check out the sections to search for relevant resources.
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Organisations to follow:
Holistic Equitation: http://www.holisticequitation.com.au/
Holistic Equitation run workshops for people with and without horses with the focus being on relationship with self, others, horses and nature. Their clinics are designed to build capacity, leadership, empowerment and offer healing to the sometimes wounded. Holistic Equitation was founded in 2006 by Jo Sheval and Kailie Nott out of their desire to help people transform themselves and their relationships with people and their horses. Steering away from ‘traditional’ horse training methods , the pair decided to pool their collective resources together to develop experiences for both horses and people that would deepen their relationships, increase capacity, strengthen leadership, build trust and create stronger bonds.
Their services in the form of equine facilitated learning would greatly benefit Autistic individuals. Please check out their website for more information on what services they offer.
Dyslexia Demystified: http://www.dyslexiademystified.org/
Their mission is to equip students, teachers and parents with the knowledge and practical skills that empower young people to embrace dyslexia as a positive part of their identity and succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Dyslexia Demystified offer school-based presentations, one-on-one mentoring, and parent information sessions to help people understand how to best support a dyslexic individual. Jemima’s insights could greatly benefit Autistic individuals with dyslexia as well as parents and staff wishing to learn more about this neurodivergent condition.
The I CAN Network: https://icannetwork.com.au/
The I CAN Network is driving a rethink of Autism, from ‘I Can’t’ to ‘I CAN’. They mentor young people on the Autism Spectrum to live life with an ‘I CAN’ attitude. They bring out the ‘awe’ in AWEtism through education, advocacy and providing opportunities. They also build networks across schools, universities, TAFEs, communities, businesses and governments.
If you are looking for support as a parent, Autistic individual, or wish to learn more as a teacher, we recommend you check out their website and Facebook page.
Yellow Ladybugs: https://www.yellowladybugs.com.au/
Yellow Ladybugs is a volunteer community group that create social events for girls on the autism spectrum, giving them an opportunity to meet and bond, creating a network of friends outside of school. They are passionate about improving the lives of autistic girls and women, and are advocates for the rights of autistic girls and women. They uphold the values of “nothing about us, without us”. They also run panels and education events for parents and teachers. Check out their website for more information, and follow their journey on Facebook and other social media.
Diagnosis and Assessment:
The ASD clinic: https://www.theasdclinic.com.au/website/home.htm
Richard and Natasha Eisenmajer are the co-founders and directors of The ASD Clinic. The clinic comprises a team of highly experienced independent practitioners who all have a special interest in the well-being of families and individuals with Autism, including Asperger’s Syndrome. They specialise in providing diagnostic assessments for Autism for people of all ages, including adults. They also provide counselling services for children, adolescents, and adults, including practical behavioural support for families, parenting education, marital/relationship counselling, treatment for anxiety, anger management, mindfulness meditation, sibling counselling, social skills training, and school and staff training. Their Psychologists are all registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and are members of the Australian Psychological Society. The ASD Clinic is useful for Autistic individuals and parents seeking diagnosis and support. Check out their website for more information on what they offer.
Melbourne Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrics: https://www.mdbpaediatrics.com.au/about-us/
Melbourne Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics provides services in assessment and management of child and adolescent developmental learning and behavioural issues. Melbourne Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics improves and supports the lives of children and their families through expert paediatric care. They help children and adolescents with ADHD, developmental delays, Autism, oppositional behaviours, sleep disorders, anxiety and depression, and learning difficulties.
This is useful for parents of children on the spectrum including Autistic children with other neurodivergent conditions such as ADHD.
Sensory and stim toys:
Sensory and stim toys are extremely beneficial in enhancing the learning and wellbeing of Autistic individuals in a variety of environments. For Autistic individuals, even as adults sensory and stim toys can greatly help with self regulation. For parents, having sensory and stim toys for your children can help them calm and focus in certain situations. For teachers, having sensory and stim toys in the classroom could enhance learning for your Autistic student.
Stimtastic is an autistic led company that offers affordable stim toys, chewable jewellery and fidget toys for autistic children, teens, and adults. Owned by an autistic person, Stimtastic celebrates stimming as a natural part of life on the spectrum. They have a wide range of products such as weighted toys, spinner rings, and scented toys. Stimtastic also supports independent Autistic artists.
Sensory Oasis for Kids: https://www.sensoryoasisforkids.com.au/
Sensory Oasis for Kids is run by a mother of three boys with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Severe Anxiety. She was inspired to provide them with good quality and reasonably priced products to help kids with additional needs. They have a variety of sensory toys available, such as fidget and chew toys, weighted blankets, deep pressure, earmuffs, and stress balls.
Chewigem provides non toxic, stylish chew toys with a variety of designs to suit each individual. They are made from a similar material to that of most baby teethers, and has a range of strengths depending on how soft or hard a chewer the individual is. Some aids are also discreet, which may reduce stress for some individuals. Chewigem toys are suitable for children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum.
Kaiko Fidgets: https://kaikofidgets.com/
Kaiko Fidgets is run by young entrepreneur Kai who has dyslexia, Autism, and auditory processing issues. He started making fidget toys to help him focus, and he now makes them to benefit others. Kaiko fidget products will benefit Autistic individuals and help with self regulation, sensory input, and tactile awareness.
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