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AEIOU Townsville Services:
22 Ridley Road
Kirwan Q 4817
P:  07 4773 2898
F:  07 4773 1592

Hours of Operation:
7.00am to 5.00pm

Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder. While there is no cure, evidence shows that access to an early intervention program that meets the 2012 Australian Good Practice Guidelines can make a difference to a child's development.

Autism is part of a spectrum that is often referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  People with autism share challenges in two main areas, however, their condition can affect them differently. Some people are able to live relatively 'normal' everyday lives, while others may require ongoing specialist support and care.

The two main areas of difficulty are commonly referred to as the 'dyad of impairments'. These include:

Social and communication, including difficulty with body language and verbal communication, reciprocal conversation, emotional and social reciprocity and managing structured parts of the day.
Thought flexibility, including difficulty with hyper, or hypo-sensitivity to sensory input, routines, repetitive behaviours and rituals.

The Positive Partnerships website features a fact sheet you may find useful. It discusses how an autism diagnosis may be reached, and the changes that were established with the release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Five (DSM 5).

The AEIOU Program

Our centres offer an intensive, personalised program for children with autism spectrum disorders. The AEIOU program employs a variety of effective teaching strategies coupled with a supportive learning environment to help encourage and nurture children to be independent learners. Our program is delivered by a dedicated team of professionals including early learning teachers and skilled faciltators along with the support of occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and music therapists.

At AEIOU our team helps children with autism develop skills in the following areas:

Social interaction and play skills;
Cognitive development;
Self-help/tasks of everyday life;
Developing and improving communication and language skills;
Encouraging social interaction and play skills, joint attention, and relationship development;
Sensory integration; and
Fine and gross motor skills.

The AEIOU program offers:  

Full day and part-time structured programming to help reduce stress and promote effective learning;
Opportunities for children to interact socially with each other;
A combination of structured large and small group activities;
Individual teaching instruction that is tailored to each child's individual needs;
Speech and occupational therapy embedded into all aspects of the learning program;
Circle time, learning centres and exploratory play options;
Encouraging specific skill development;
Encouraging a reduction of challenging behaviours through positive behavioural support;
Ensuring routine and predictability through the use of visual supports, structured activities and consistency; and
Assisting in the development of home-school collaboration and consistency across settings.

AEIOU Foundation is a family centered service that supports parents and recognises families as the key people in supporting their child’s development. 

Weekly Timetable

Most AEIOU centres operate under long day care hours from 7:00am to 5:00 with the intensive program running from 9:00am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding Wednesday when the program concludes at noon). Our regional programs operate slightly reduced hours - check our centres page for current opening hours.

Measurement of Outcomes

AEIOU recognises the importance of being accountable to families and other stakeholders, and is dedicated to demonstrating the efficiency of this unique program. The children enrolled at AEIOU are therefore assessed on intake, and then again at regular periods throughout the program, so that their progress can be clearly documented.  

These standardised assessments will be complemented with parent interviews and observation assessments to gather data on areas such as self-help skills, play skills and social interaction. Each child's program is evaluated frequently and adjusted where necessary.  

Transition and Continuity

At AEIOU Foundation our team works with each family to support children to reach their maximum potential.   AEIOU's ultimate goal is to have our students transition into mainstream schools and other educational settings. AEIOU will work with the individual child and school to determine the level of support required during the transitionary period. This will vary from child to child, and will be assessed on an individual basis at the time of transition.  


To be eligible for enrolment at AEIOU, a child must meet the following criteria:  

Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder OR Pervasive Developmental Delay
Aged between 2½ and 5 years of age at intake.

Children who meet these criteria must then undergo an assessment by AEIOU staff to determine suitability for the program.

AEIOU also considers parents and siblings of students to be an integral part of the program, and families must therefore be willing to work with AEIOU to achieve the best outcomes for their child and the entire Unit.  


AEIOU Foundation strives to provide affordable access to our autism-specific program. To achieve this, the Foundation fundraises and lobbies extensively across Australia. Our Parent Assistance staff are trained to provide families with support and advice about their fees. To find out the net costs in your individual circumstances, call 1300 ASD HELP (1300 273 435).  

You can also download the Fees Fact Sheet which will give you an estimate of the fees based on two examples of household income.