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Autistic children in Logan to benefit from new Griffith-hosted facility

Published: 3 November 2016

Autistic children in Logan to benefit from new Griffith-hosted facility

The Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team has welcomed news that the City of Logan will soon be home to an early invention facility for high needs autistic children, based at Griffith University in Meadowbrook.

The Leadership Team supported the funding submission to the Queensland Government by the AEIOU Foundation, which will help service an unmet and vital need for early intervention in Logan, and offer support services to children with autism.

The centre will be funded by an initial $1m grant from the Queensland Government with a further $1m to come from the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

The new state-of-the-art best practice centre will feature classrooms, a motor-skill therapy room, a playground and modern facilities for staff and parents, and cater for up to 40 placements at a time.

The AEIOU Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 to provide early intervention for young children with autism through high-quality therapy programs. With eight centres across Queensland and one in Adelaide, AEIOU currently supports up to 240 pre-school aged children with an autism diagnosis each year, in a naturalistic setting.

Professor Lesley Chenoweth, Leadership Team Education Portfolio Lead and Pro Vice Chancellor Griffith University Logan Campus, said early intervention between the ages of two-and-half and six years was vital to improving the long term outcomes of children with autism.

"AEIOU’s therapy-based program provides 20 hours of intensive intervention each week at low or no cost, depending on family circumstances. This will provide Logan families with local, low cost access to an early intervention service," Professor Chenoweth said.

“The AEIOU Centre at Logan is set to be a wonderful partnership between Griffith and the AEIOU Foundation, not only in addressing this increasingly diagnosed condition, but also to further deepen our community relationships within Logan and to work with the disadvantaged groups that we see in this area.

"It will help deliver on actions in the City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan, particularly our flagship collective impact initiative, Logan Together, which is a long term, whole of community effort to create the best life opportunities for every child in Logan.

"Logan Together is fostering greater community partnerships locally and the new autism centre will also provide great research opportunities for Griffith for both our academics and students."