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July 2011

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Autism Victoria Consultant List
Over the past three years Autism Victoria has experienced exceptional growth both in organisational size and also in the services and supports we are now offering to the broad community of Victoria and more importantly the ASD community.
The Board of Governance recognises that although it is a skills based board it is not possible to include all skills areas in a nine member Board and for this reason they believe it would be of real value for the organisation to access the broadest range of knowledge and skills possible to add value to the outcomes we are aiming to achieve.
In response the Board is keen to develop a list of “consultants” to Autism Victoria, who would be able to provide additional or specialist advice and guidance on a range of issues that from time to time the Board and staff consider beyond their level of expertise. It is not intended that the consultant roles will demand major time or other commitments.
The “consultants” may be experts in a range of fields and some examples include legal, housing, finance, governance, evidence-based interventions, research or media/marketing.
For example the Board may seek advice from a “consultant” on a legal matter, or if planning to relocate the office, commercial property advice or perhaps advice regarding new treatments being promoted to families. In essence the request for advice would be in those areas in which the Board and staff do not feel they have the requisite knowledge and skills to make the most informed decision.
The Board therefore are extending an invitation to supporters of Autism Victoria to nominate as consultants.

Please complete the consultant form here to apply.
Autism Victoria thanks our supporters in anticipation.
Early Days Workshops
Early Days is a series of workshops for mothers, fathers and other family carers of children aged six years or younger who have recently been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or are going through the assessment and diagnosis process. Workshops are available in a variety of formats - face to face, over the telephone or online.   
This hugely successful program has been developed and managed by the Parenting Research Centre since the workshops began in 2009, but as of the 1stJuly, face to face and telephone workshops will now be organised and delivered by the Autism Association in each State and Territory. 
Autism Victoria is currently taking expressions of interest from parents and carers and we hope to begin running workshops very soon! Please register your details with our Information team on 1300 308 699, and we look forward to presenting Early Days workshops in your region soon.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition phase.
Entertainment Books – Great Value and Helps Autism Victoria too!
For just $65 for the Greater Melbourne book or $55 for the Geelong/Surf Coast/Ballarat book, you will receive over $15,000 in valuable offers which you can use all year. Collect from Autism Victoria, or have it sent out to you (postage costs apply).
Autism Victoria receives 20% of the sale of every book towards our fundraising.
Grace has bought the Entertainment book every year for the last 3 years.
“I made my money back and more: there’s tons of stuff I’ve used. And what’s really good is that I’ve tried so many new restaurants because they are in the book. If I’m going somewhere, I look for vouchers and put them in my wallet to save taking the whole book.”
Contact us now to order your Entertainment Book:
T: 03 9657 1600
W: click here to purchase online
Amaze Knowledge Certified Training

Do you work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder?  Are you hoping to work in this field?  Spaces are available for August training!  Register today!
Certified Training: CHCCS413A Support Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder offered by Amaze Knowledge (Autism Victoria)
This two-day short course describes the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with regard for their needs and within the context of support work. 
There are four essential outcomes from this unit of competency. They are:
• Apply basic knowledge of autism spectrum disorder to support work
• Apply a knowledge of the impact of autism spectrum disorder
• Respond effectively to the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder
• Operate within the policies, procedures and professional standards of the sector
The course is held at The Autism Teaching Institute, 98 Ascot Vale Road, Flemington, Victoria.
We are currently accepting enrolments for Thurs 25 & Fri 26 August.  Please enrol today as we have limited space available! Click here for the enrollment form and course details. 
There are still places also available on the following dates:

  • Thurs 8 & Fri 9 September
  • Thurs 13 & Fri 14 October

Please see attached flyer for course details.  Contact Amaze Knowledge on Tel: 1300 AMAZE K (1300 262 935) or Email: for more information or to register.
Amaze Accreditation Information Sessions

Amaze Accreditation is offering a number of information sessions for professionals and services interested in learning more about the Autism Accreditation process.
As the sessions held at Autism Victoria will be streamed live through our web-streaming facility, it will provide an opportunity for those who cannot attend these presentations in person to view them remotely.
If you are interested in either attending or viewing these presentations, please contact

Date Time Venue
Wednesday, 21st September, 2011 9:30am - 11:00am Autism Victoria
24 Drummond Street, Carlton
Wednesday, 19th October, 2011 9:30am – 11:00am Irabina
193 Bayswater Road, Bayswater
Wednesday, 16th November, 2011 6:30pm – 8:00pm Autism Victoria
24 Drummond Street, Carlton

Call for Research Participants

The following research projects are currently calling for research participants. Visit our Research Page or click on the links below for more information.

Evaluation of nutrition educational resources about managing eating issues in children with ASD

Understanding the support needs of university and TAFE students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Coping skills for teenagers using a mobile phone program

Electrophysiological, eye–tracking, and behavioural markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder in young infants

Conversations on Autism: Stories on Independent Living and Parental Experiences

Improving social skills for young people with autism spectrum disorders

Social Anxiety in Asperger Syndrome

Living with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: The experience of teenagers with High Functioning ASD

A new natural treatment for Autism

Fluoxetine for the treatment of restricted, repetitive and stereotyped behaviours in children and adolescents with autism

Autism and medication use

Stress and coping in parents of autistic children

Children's sleep patterns and psychological wellbeing

Growth in boys with autism

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events

Various Dates: Autism Specific Playgroups: PlayConnect

Various Dates: Become an ABA Therapist

Various Dates: ABIA Seminars for Parents and Professionals

Various Dates: Certified Training Course: Support Individuals with ASD

Various Dates: Kickstart Swimming Lessons for children with Autism & Specific Learning Needs

Quarterly: ABA Roundtable

School Terms: Social Skills Training Groups for children with ASDs

School Terms: Secret Agent Society Social Skills Training Program

School Terms: Creative Moves

Second Saturday of the Month: Autie Friendly Dinner Club

First Sunday of the Month: Autie Friendly Walking Club

Fourth Thursday of the Month: Autie Friendly Dinner Club

Fourth Sunday of the Month: SunTen Tennis Coaching Program

Every Second Friday (School Terms): Connecting Teens Social Group


July 2011

1st July: Swim 4 All Free Tryout Session

4th - 7th July: Social Skills Program for children with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

11th - 14th July: Social Skills Program for children with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome

15th - 29th July: Become an ABA Therapist

21st July: Comedy Night

23rd July - 24 Sep: Secret Agent Society Social Skills Training Program

25th - 27th July: Become an ABA Therapist

26th July: Autism Spectrum Disorders & Sibling Issues

28th July - Sept 1: Creating Calm Kids


August 2011

3rd Aug - 7th Sep: Creating Calm Kids

9th - 23rd: Become an ABA Therapist

9th - 10th Aug: One Person at a Time Conference: Keeping the Focus on Valued lives

12th Aug: Making it work with an ASD child in your Kindergarten

23rd Aug: Anxiety & Autism Spectrum Disorders

25th Aug: Asperger's Disorder and Autistic Disorder: Similarities and differences and changing diagnostic systems


September 2011

9th Sep: Toileting and Eating

8th - 10th Sep: Asia Pacific Autism Conference (Perth)

12th - 14th Sep: Become an ABA Therapist

15th Sep: ABA Roundtable

16th Sep: Apps for Autism: Making an Informed Choice

20th Sep: Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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