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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    New resource to support children with ASD

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    New resource to support children with ASD

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek today launched new online resources to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    Minister Langbroek said the resources would assist schools and families to support children with ASD as they move from early childhood programs into Prep.

    “Starting school is an important step in every child’s life and an experience that should be as positive and rewarding as possible,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “For many teachers, parents and carers of children with ASD, managing the day-to-day changes associated with starting school can be overwhelming.

    “This new online package, developed by ASD experts, offers easy access to resources and strategies to help make the transition to school as smooth as possible.”

    Minister Langbroek said the resources supported children with ASD, both in the classroom and at home.

    “The information for teachers focuses on how to prepare the classroom and deliver lessons for young children with ASD to maximise their learning,” he said.

    “There is also a wide range of useful information for parents and carers about how to reinforce these learning strategies at home and where to access specialist services.

    “We know that learning, especially in those early years, is very much a partnership between families and schools, so it is important that parents and carers have access to this information too.”

    The resource was developed by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, with expert contributions from Autism Queensland and the AEIOU Foundation.

    ASD covers a range of medical diagnoses, including Autism Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett’s Disorder and Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

    The package is available at www.education.qld.gov.au/asd-online-resource-kit/.

    [ENDS] 29 August, 2012

    Media contact: Danita Goodwin - 0439 886 652