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Resources for Parents of Children with Autism


In collaboration with Autism Queensland, the country’s first ever Autism Hub and Reading Centre opened its doors in the suburb of Woolloongabba on February 24 2016. The $2 million Hub aims to assist children, teachers and parents by providing support, advice and professional workshops in order to improve the education and future of children with autism.

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Autism Hub in Woolloongabba

The Autism Hub will provide programs and necessary resources to aid parents and educators in supporting their students and children throughout their education. It will provide teachers with the skills to manage special-needs students, reducing disruptions in class and allowing them to reach their full potential. This service will slowly become available state-wide with eight coaches being rolled out across the state to support local schools.

Autism Hub and Reading Centre

The Reading Centre believes reading to be an essential life skill and therefore intends to teach educators and parents the strategies and skills to in turn teach and support their students and children. This also includes advice and strategies in teaching and encouraging reading by students with dyslexia.

Australia's First Autism Hub Woolloongabba

The Hub, which is part of the Queensland government’s Advancing Education action plan, is said to bring a change in how autism is supported. The centre, along with this revelation, has already garnered the attention of several other states around Australia. With around 17,000 students with autism in Queensland, this Hub will allow these students to stay in the classroom and be provided an education that every kid deserves.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Resources for Parents of Children with Autism”

  1. Hi. My child (boy age 5) commenced Prep this year. It has been a huge struggle. I have recently asked the school if there is availability for extra assistance around reading, as our son is behind. Unfortunately this extra assistance is not an option at School. Please can you offer advice. We live in Westlake 4074. We are desperate to assist him the best we can, to catch up in hope the struggle may be less.


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