When considering the use and purchase of resources accessible via links in this section, it is important to consider the needs of the individual as well as the cost of such resources, both in monetary value, usage of space, time required for investigation, acquisition, adaption and implementation of the resource.
It is important when choosing a resource to consider:
- the student's learning goals
- the student's learning preferences (likes, dislikes, motivators, stresses, interests)
- supports required
- current resources available
- the option to adapt current or available resources to meet the need
- the option to purchase cheaper versions of the resource from large chain stores
- the evidence supporting the use
- the above-mentioned overall costs in time, space and money of the resource.
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) funding package provides funding for children aged less than six years diagnosed with ASD. If a child is eligible to access this package, it is possible to purchase resources through the funding according to the specific resources policy. The purchase of resources using HCWA funding must be discussed with your child's HCWA approved therapist or early intervention service provider.
The following list of suppliers and service providers do not necessarily have endorsement by the department, AEIOU or Autism Queensland, but is a useful starting point for families, educators and service providers to source and gain information regarding resources. The list is not exhaustive of the options available to families, therapists and educators in Queensland and is listed in alphabetical order only.
Some of the links listed below are to online sellers, some are to sites with free resources to download and some provide a mixture of both. If you require assistance in choosing a resource to ensure it is appropriate, it is highly recommended you consult widely with the student's support team (i.e. family, school and/or specialist staff, early childhood setting team, therapists and other health professionals).
ASD Visual Aids
Online site provides some free and purchasable visual aids useful for children with ASD.
The Therapy Store
Provides an extensive catalogue of resources, books, toys and therapy items for sale.
Phone: (03) 9380 1127
Online site provides some free and purchasable resources useful for children and adults with ASD.
General Education supplier
Phone: 1300 134 211
Life Skills 4 Kids
An in-house occupational therapist can provide information and advice for purchasing sensory-based equipment.
Phone: (02) 6555 9877
Modern Teaching Aids
General education supplier
Phone: 1800 251 497
Specialist services for children with disability and additional needs providing information, inclusion support, playgroups, resources, fact sheets and support for families, schools and service providers of children with disability and additional needs.
Phone: (07) 3391 2166
Sells an interactive resource for families and professionals Nurturing Children with Autism developed by Playgroup Australia in partnership with Autism Victoria trading as Amaze. Free for some geographically isolated families with limited access to play groups.
Pyramid Educational Consultants
Information, training, support and purchase of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) resources.
Phone: (03) 9314 5474
Resources at Hand
Provides resources for parenting, educating, and supporting children and adolescents with ASD.
Has resources to download for free or purchase in areas such as ASD, complex communication needs, assistive technology, behaviours of concern, disability awareness, research, sensory participation among others. Includes Key Word Signs for nursery rhymes to sing and see and links to other websites.
Online store for therapists, parents and educators of children with ASD, selling sensory-based equipment and toys.
Phone: (03) 9728 3739
Sensory Tools Australia
Phone: (02) 4578 6123
Skill Builders - Building Kids Skills for Living and Learning
Online store for therapists, parents and educators of children with ASD.
Phone: (08) 9332 2223
Brisbane based inclusive learning technologies support, information, products and professional development.
Phone: (07) 3808 6833 or 1800 999 718 for free technical support
Visual Aids for Learning
Free online resources (visual aids) to download and use.
More information and links on the use of
assistive technology may be found in the
Information for educators section.