Thursday, March 22, 2012

‘Tools for Your Tool Box’ Series Workshop - Parents & Caregivers Workshops for Children with an ASD & Other Diverse Learners – $600.00 Series Offered FREE

Greetings Parents and Caregivers of Primary & High School aged children!

Announcing the ‘Tools for Your Tool Box’ Series, five workshops designed to give you more ‘tools’ to help you better understand your child with an ASD and add to your child’s successes. Through information/forms given at each workshop you will create your own reference resource.

‘Tools for Your Tool Box’ has been presented for the past 3 years with excellent and enthusiastic comments from participants. Participants asked for the series again. If you attended before, welcome back! There is some new information for this year. If this is the first time to hear of this information series, I look forward to seeing you there! Please Note: Limit of 30 participants per session.

‘Tools for Your Tool Box’ Series includes these workshop topics:
Session 1
ü  Overview – What ASD Is and Is Not
Session 2
ü  Social Issues AND Sensory Issues
Session 3
ü  Communication Issues AND Behaviour Part 1 – Positive Behaviour Planning
Session 4
ü  Behaviour Part 2: Crisis Management
Session 5
ü  Transitions To, Through and After School Years

Workshop Location & Session Dates – Please  Note: Primary and High School examples will be provided. Location: Nambour State School. Start time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Nambour State School
Times are 1:30 – 2:30 PM for all
          Session 1 Overview ASD:
 Wednesday, 18 April
          Session 2 Social & Sensory:
Monday, 23 April – NOTE: this ONE day change
          Session 3 Communication & Behaviour Part 1 Positive Behaviour Planning:
 Wednesday, 2 May
          Session 4 Behaviour Part 2 Crisis Management:
Wednesday, 9 May
          Session 5 Transitions:
Wednesday, 16 May

Register for ALL sessions, OR choose your sessions. Register a minimum of one day before the session. To Register: contact Lynda Hansen, AVT-ASD at 5459 0386 or 5459 0333.  Leave your name, names of others who may be attending with you, your contact details and the sessions or session you plan to attend. Thank you.

There will be opportunities for you to get up and move, participate, share, listen and reflect. I look forward to seeing you there!

Catch up at Mudjimba Park

  • Wednesday, 11 April 2012
  • 10:00 until 14:00
    Catch up at Mudjimba Park , The Esplanade
    Come along to Mudjimba Park and relax and let the kids run free in an accepting environment, while adults get to catch up for a chat or you can run around in the park with the kids. BYO food, drink & chair. Fish & Chip shop across the road. Also Remember swimming gear for those that would like to pop down to the beach. Also bring those water pistols for those interested in water play!!! 

    We normally meet in the park the second Saturday of the month. However as it is school holidays we will meet on a Wednesday. 

Social Network Group - 18-35 year old ASD Adults

TimeFRIDAY 7:00PM - 13th April 2012


Created by:

Meet others who just "get" you!  This is a social network for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome/Autism (18-35 year olds)  Come along for a drink/meal and a chat and let us know what type of social activities you're looking for. Kawana Hotel is a little noisy on Friday nights, so we’re trying a new venue.

Facilitated by Nelle Frances & Aaron Roberston
Ph: 0422 621 749 or email

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


“Listen laugh & learn that you are not alone”
The group is an informal way to meet other parents and carers of those with loved ones on the spectrum and also to meet other toddlers, teens and adults with ASD. Share stories, enjoy a coffee in an atmosphere where you can relax and feel welcome. Children are also welcome. There is a fenced play area for children.

No speaker at this stage as last months low key get together seemed to work really well.

Wednesday 28th March - 10am

Where:      Maroochy Waterfront Hotel
                   42-46 David Low Way, Bli Bli
                   UBD ref: map 68 H4

           Contact:          Lisa 

            Phone:             0400 845 844

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Problem Solving in Maths

Problem Solving in Mathematics.

Learning how to solve problems in mathematics is knowing what to look for. Math problems often require established procedures and knowing what and when to apply them.
To ident...
ify procedures, you have to be familiar with the problem situation and be able to collect the appropriate information, identify a strategy or strategies and use the strategy appropriately.
Problem solving requires practice! The more your practice, the better you get.
Practice, practice, practice.

Problem Solving Plan in 4 Steps:

1. Clues:
• Read the problem carefully.
• Underline clue words.
• Ask yourself if you've seen a problem similar to this one. If so, what is similar about it?
• What did you need to do?
• What facts are you given?
• What do you need to find out?

2. Game Plan:
• Define your game plan.
• Have you seen a problem like this before?
• Identify what you did.
• Define your strategies to solve this problem.
• Try out your strategies. (Using formulas, simplifying, use sketches, guess and check, look for a pattern, etc.)
• If your strategy doesn't work, it may lead you to an 'aha' moment and to a strategy that does work.

3. Solve:
• Use your strategies to solve the problem

4. Reflect:
• This part is critical. Look over your solution.
• Does it seem probable?
• Did you answer the question?
• Are you sure?
• Did you answer using the language in the question?
• Same units?

Clue Words:
When deciding on methods or procedures to use to solve problems, the first thing you will do is look for clues which are one of the most important skills in solving problems in mathematics.
If you begin to solve problems by looking for clue words, you will find that these 'words' often indicate an operation.

For instance:-

Clue Words for Addition
• sum
• total
• in all
• perimeter

Clue Words for Subtraction
• difference
• how much more
• exceed

Clue Words for Multiplication
• product
• total
• area
• times

Clue Words for Division
• share
• distribute
• quotient
• average

Although clue words vary a bit, you'll find that there will be consistency with them to guide you to the correct operation

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Useful contacts for State Schools of Distance Education and Private Education Qld

Useful contacts

Phone numbers for State Schools of Distance Education

State School of Distance Education

Brisbane School of Distance Education

(07) 3214 8200

Cairns School of Distance Education

(07) 4080 9111

Capricornia School of Distance Education (Emerald)

(07) 4987 9100

Capricornia School of Distance Education (Rockhampton)

(07) 4931 4800

Charleville School of Distance Education

(07) 4656 8999

Charters Towers School of Distance Education

(07) 4754 6888

Longreach School of Distance Education

(07) 4658 4222

Mount Isa School of the Air

(07) 4744 8333

Phone numbers for accredited Non-State Schools of Distance Education

Accredited Non-State Schools of Distance Education


Australian Christian College - Moreton, Caboolture

(07) 5490 6100

Groves Christian College, Kingston

(07) 3808 2244

Hinchinbrook Christian School, Ingham

(07) 4776 3111

Jubilee Christian College, Atherton

(07) 4091 4627

Riverside Christian College, Maryborough

(07) 4123 1031

Queensland Regional Offices

Phone numbers for offices in the Far North Queensland Region

Far North Queensland Region


Cairns Office

(07) 4046 5222

Atherton Office

(07) 4091 0800

Phone numbers for offices in the North Queensland Region

North Queensland Region


Townsville Office

(07) 4726 3111

Mount Isa Office

(07) 4744 8222

Phone numbers for offices in the Central Queensland Region

Central Queensland Region


Mackay Office

(07) 4951 6900

Rockhampton Office

(07) 4938 4661

Emerald Office

(07) 5983 7555

Gladstone Office

(07) 4971 3600

Longreach Office

(07) 4658 4599

Phone numbers for offices in the Darling Downs South West Region

Darling Downs South West Region


Toowoomba Office

(07) 4616 9111

Roma Office

(07) 4622 9711

Warwick Office

(07) 4661 0500

Kingaroy Office

(07) 4156 9500

Chinchilla Office

(07) 4662 8600

Phone numbers for offices in the North Coast Region

North Coast Region


Caboolture, Redcliffe

(07) 3881 9600

Nambour Office

(07) 4154 0300

Bundaberg Office

(07) 4661 0500

Maryborough Office

(07) 4121 1633

Phone numbers for offices in the Metropolitan Region

Metropolitan Region


Special/Specific Office

(07) 3422 8655

South Office

(07) 3422 8655

North Office

(07) 3350 7819

East Office

(07) 3350 7818

West Office

(07) 3280 1666

Band 5/6 environmental

(07) 3280 1666


(07) 3350 7825

Phone numbers for offices in the South East Region

South East Region


Gold Coast Office

(07) 5562 4888

Logan-Albert Beaudesert

(07) 3804 9666
thank you

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Various Funding to Support Children with Special Needs

Various Funding to support Children with Special Needs
The Helping Children With Autism Package
Major features: $12,000 of funding support for early intervention at approproved providers (maximum of $6000 per fiscal year), which can be accessed up until a child with ASD turns 7. Important to note that the child must be approved for the program before turning 6.

The Better Outcome for Mental Health (BOMH) plan, which includes the "Access To Allied Psychological Services"
Major features: Can be set up by your GP, with up to 12 sessions with a psychologist or other mental health professional claimable under Medicare (we use ours to help cover DD's social group therapy). I don't fully get this program, so I would welcome any additional input from other families using it.

Carer's Allowance (non means tested -- some families might also qualify for the Carer's Payment) - Edited to add: Asperger's & Autism are automatic qualifier, PDD-NOS on a case by case basis
Major features: Fortnightly payment of $106.70; health care card

NSW Family Assistance Fund - DADHC
In NSW you coud apply for fences, play equipment, holiday using this:
Up to $2000. Not sure how hard this is to get.

Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program has been designed to provide young people living with autism, the access to Apple iPads and their innovative Autism specialised applications. In these early stages, Apple iPads are already proving to be useful tools for children with Autism to improve communication skills. The Adam Scott Foundation Autism Grants Program is available to young people, aged 6-16 as of 16 November 2010, with an Autism Diagnosis across Australia. To be eligible you must be a permanent Australian resident.
More info: The Smith Family - Learning for Life - Helping Disadvantaged Kids. Look in left-hand margin under 'What we do' for more great services available. World Vision's Kids Hope Aus program mentoring Aussie kids needing additional support and their families
The Developing Foundation is a support group by families seeking appropriate tre...atment for a family member with a brain injury or a developmental disability. click your State/Ter Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres #. Register for respite by ringing frecall 1800 052 222. Entitlement is 63 days/year. See Centrelink's website for up to date information CRCC# also have a Carer Kit available at no charge that they can mail out in the post.ritory.
 Queensland has the Family Support Package

ABA Therapy As A Deductible Medical Expense[u][/u]
I found my snippet on declaring ABA as a deductible medical expense. Here are two past private rulings by the Australian Tax Office that declate them as such:

In-home Childcare can be used by families with kids with disabilities. It still costs more than regular childcare.
Enhanced Primary Care - Medicare
GP has to create a EPC plan and you get 5 x OT, speech, pysio, psychologist (5 is total but can be spread over them) if you are seeing at least 2 x allied health providers. It's per calander year and max $48.95 each.