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AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism


The AEIOU Foundation is doing incredible things for children on the spectrum with their innovative and evidence-based early intervention program. Their service is family-focused, with an emphasis on supporting families and building a community.

What could a service like AEIOU’s offer your family?

  • A minimum of 20 hours per week of evidence-based and autism-specific early intervention (as recommended by the Early Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: ‘Guidelines for Good Practice’ (2012) and corroborated by the National Disability Insurance Agency)
  • The chance for your child to develop essential life skills (including independence and social skills)
  • The opportunity to seek out specialised support
  • The opportunity to become part of a caring, supportive community to share your experiences with
  • Regular workshops and training (free of charge), delivered by our specialised therapists

About AEIOU Foundation

The idea for AEIOU Foundation was first born in 2003, when a successful pilot early intervention program operated by Education Queensland was discontinued. With families frustrated by the lack of support for those in the autism spectrum community, particularly in the early years of their journey, the concept for AEIOU was developed: to deliver life-changing evidence-based early intervention therapies for children with autism, from a central location that would become a hub for families.

In 2005, the first AEIOU centre opened in Moorooka. Today, AEIOU operates from ten centres across Queensland and South Australia. The therapy and care program is transdisciplinary, evidence-based and delivered in a naturalistic setting similar to a play-based learning childcare or kindergarten.

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The AEIOU Foundation Curriculum

Across 20 hours per week, AEIOU therapists and educators work with children across 11 domains. These areas of focus are:

  • Classroom attending skills
  • Echoics
  • Visual perception
  • Social skills
  • Play skills
  • Expressive language skills
  • Receptive language skills
  • Self-help skills
  • Intraverbal skills
  • Imitation skills
  • Academic skills

At AEIOU, the focus is on children striving towards developmental milestones—towards specific goals that families, therapists and educators develop in a collaborative, individualised approach.


Alongside workshops and training for current families, AEIOU’s video series—Autism: The Early Years—is available to anyone and everyone at www.aeiou.org.au/autism-the-early-years

The video series provides families with information about where to seek help, practical strategies to implement in the home and in the community, and tips to guide families through diagnosis.


You can find your local AEIOU centre in:

  • Townsville
  • Bundaberg
  • Bray Park
  • Nathan
  • Camira
  • Logan
  • Toowoomba
  • Arundel, Gold Coast
  • Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast
  • Brighton, Adelaide

What does it cost?

AEIOU is an NDIS-approved provider. Their specialist NDIS team who can work with you one-on-one in your dealings with the NDIA, to secure the most appropriate funding plan for your child and their goals.

Fees have been structured so that anyone enrolling with AEIOU under an NDIS plan can also claim government rebates.

Find out more

Are you interested to see the difference that AEIOU Foundation could make for your family? Contact them today on 1300 273 435, info@aeiou.org.au or visit www.aeiou.org.au

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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