Helping your child learn about different kids

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
This site is aimed at parents of ASD kids but looks to be of limited use to them. However it does look useful in helping young neurotypical  children accept an autistic child’s differences and include them in play. Some of the videos may be helpful for parents of neurotypical children to understand what it’s like to parent an ASD child, in the most basic sense.

ASD

Aspect Positive Behaviour Support
The (PBS) Program is a state wide program funded through the Department of Human Services for parent/carers of children and young adults between 6-25 years of age, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and living at home. Contact Amber Day on the details below;
Phone: Amber Day on (03) 9377 6600
Email: aday [at] autismspectrum [dot] org [dot] au

Gateways Support Services
Katy Mackenzie; Strengthening Parent Support Worker and Autism Case Manager
Address: 10 – 12 Albert Street, Geelong West VIC 3218
Phone: (03) 5221 2984
Fax: (03) 5223 1789

Sensory Processing Resources 
This site is a bit overwhelming (so many links!) but could be useful for home edders with spectrum kids. Often we are left to be the occupational therapist for our children and this site contains some useful information.

Dyslexia

The Easyread System www.easyreadsystem.com
This is a fully supported online phonics course for children with dyslexia, auditory processing issues and highly visual learning styles who struggle to read and write. Easyread uses Guided Phonetic Reading to help kids overcome guessing, skipping words, reading stress and more. It works through fun 15-minute daily lessons and has an unconditional refund guarantee.
10% discount for HEN members.

SPELD Victoria www.speldvic.org.au
A not-for-profit organisation supporting people with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties. They do have affordable workshops $5 – $50 and also offer access to assessment and tutoring but both are costly.

Dyslexic Centre Australia www.dyslexiccentreaustralia.org.au
Loads of information on the website and personal assistance available if required. See our Dyslexia section for articles from Dawn Matthews of the Dyslexia Centre.

Gifted and 2E

Gifted Resources www.giftedresources.org
Resources and advice for families with gifted children.
Postal: PO Box 4176 Croydon Hills VIC 3136
Phone: (03) 8711 3630
Email: jo [at] giftedresources [dot] org

Born to Soar www.borntosoar.com.au

A virtual classroom for highly able students.
Email: info@borntosoar.com

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum www.giftedhomeschoolers.org
A useful forum with resource ideas, articles, links etc

Gateways A range of programs for gifted and talented children throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area. The programs are hosted by schools and at places like the Australian Synchrotron, ACMI, the National Gallery, Werribee Zoo ETC. At a given program, children from a number of schools attend. A number of homeschoolers have also found the program useful. A typical program might run over a single day, two days, 4 half days or 8 half days during school times. There is also a Saturday club.www.gateways.edu.au

See also the articles in the Special Needs section of our blog