Jul
24
9:30 AM09:30

Parent / Carer Social Club Morning Tea

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Come along and join us for a lovely morning tea, our shout!

If you are a parent or carer with a family member living with Autism we would love to see you there.

This is a great opportunity to meet others who understand the challenges you face, but also the joy that Autism brings to our lives. 

We're looking forward to providing a welcoming space to share knowledge, ideas and even a few laughs! 

Please RSVP to claireg@stepsgroup.com.au for seating and catering requirements.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Venue: The Velo Project, Mooloolaba

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Jul
27
to Aug 31

STEPS Autism Treehouse and CAZA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program

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Learn Jiu-Jitsu and have fun in a self defence program designed for children and young people living with Autism.

Located in Noosa, this 6-week program gives participants, aged 7 and up, a gentle introduction to self-defence.

Location: 157 Cooyar Street, Noosa Heads

Cost: $120/Term ($20/class, invoice will be issued)

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Jul
31
10:00 AM10:00

NDIS Workshop and Preplanning Session - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL

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Join us as Kerry Staines, STEPS Group Executive Manager - Community Services and Brett Wolens Manager - Behaviour Support and Complex Client Intervention walk you through everything you need to know about the NDIS.

Kerry has extensive experience mentoring and supporting people with a disability or mental illness, and young people with behavioural challenges. Kerry’s approaches and understanding of supporting people towards a better life is invaluable to STEPS as the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out in the communities we work. Her drive for finding innovative and sustainable opportunities echoes throughout the teams she works with and leads.

Brett has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years, working both within the Government and non-Government sector. Brett has extensive experience in providing positive behaviour support to individuals who exhibit challenging behaviour. He is highly experienced in providing specialised assistance and training to individuals with a disability, their families and staff, where the needs of an individual have been identified as complex and challenging.

Cost: Free

Location: The Bluff Room, Alex Surf Club

Please use the link below to RSVP for catering purposes (limited spaces)

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Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

5th Annual Treehouse Christmas Party

Our much anticipated annual event is on again!! 

A fully inclusive welcoming event for the whole family. Enjoy a day filled with rides, activities, entertainment all in a fully secure venue, processes to eliminate queuing, lots of space to prevent overcrowding, sensory and chill out zones!! 

This is an event not to be missed! 

COMING SOON!

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Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

Kylie Martin - Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology

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Developing Social Language and Communication 

In this workshop Kylie will talk about the fundamentals of communication development, developing social language skills, using social stories to support social language development and much more!

Kylie is a Speech Pathologist at Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology. Having worked in the area for 15 years, Kylie has abundant experience in communication and social skills development in children with ASD and complex developmental needs. From teaching kids to talk, to using their talking to build friendships all the way to public speaking and beyond, Kylie is passionate about helping children reach for their potential.

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May
21
10:00 AM10:00

Helping Kids to Eat Presented by Justine Urbahn

Do you have a fussy eater? If you, like many families with children on the spectrum, said yes then make sure you come along to this highly informative workshop.

ARFID is a newly diagnosed eating disorder, previously known as selective eating disorder. Children with ARFID are extremely fussy eaters with limited diets. Justine's talk will focus on how ARFID develops and what strategies parents can use to help their children.

About Justine:

Justine studied a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at Flinders University in South Australia. Shortly after this she moved to London for 10 years where she studied paediatric nutrition. Upon arriving back in Australia with her family Justine set up her private practice. Justine continues to have a special interest in childhood nutrition but also enjoys seeing adults.

In 2016 along with Kylie Martin from Chatterboxes, Justine established Happy Eaters. Happy Eaters aims to help children with feeding difficulties. Many of the children seen at Happy Eaters have ARFID - a selective eating disorder where children have extremely limited diets. Justine's work with children with ARFID is extremely rewarding, her aim is to empower parents and carers to help their child eat a better diet.

Cost: $30 includes tea coffee and a light morning tea

Location: The Bluff Room, Alex Surf Club 

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Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Presenting Professor Tony Attwood

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

We are proud to be bringing the incredible Professor Tony Attwood to the Sunshine Coast!

In this Conference Tony will be discussing the following topics:

MAKING FRIENDS: Strategies to improve social understanding and friendships skills.

ADOLESCENT ISSUES FOR TEENAGERS WITH AN ASD LEVEL 1 (ASPERGERS SYNDROME)

and also touching on

MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Cost:

$115 Early Bird Tickets (up to 31st March)

$135 General Tickets

Venue: Caloundra RSL, 19 West Terrace, Caloundra.

Registration starting from 8:30 for a 9am start

About Tony:

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism spectrum disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.  He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane.  His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 360,000 copies and has been translated into 22 languages.  His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 216,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome.  He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences.  He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger's syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject.

He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with Asperger's syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

 

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Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Vantage Homes Trek for Autism

Get your walking shoes on and join us as we Trek for Autism. Enjoy the challenge of trekking from Coolum to Mooloolaba surrounded by friends and fellow supporters of STEPS Autism Treehouse in one of our favourite fundraisers of 2018. Help us continue to provide support to Coast families by raising money locally and keeping it local.

Don't miss out, register today!

General Registration - $80

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Mar
7
9:30 AM09:30

March Workshop - Positive Behaviour Support and Management

Presenting Brett Wolens

STEPS Group Manager of Behaviour Support and Complex Client Interventions

During the workshop, we will explore Challenging Behaviour and it's contributing factors.

We will also explore the role of Sensory Processing Disorder. The workshop also provides some practical tips for you to take away.

Venue: Kawana Surf Club function room

Cost: $45 including tea/coffee and a light morning tea.

About Brett:

Brett Wolens has worked in the disability sector for over 30 years, working both within the Government and Non-Government sector. His career began working as a support worker with Individuals with a disability, mental health and ageing. Brett realised early in his career that he had a passion for understanding what drives individual behaviour. It wasn’t long before Brett become the Behaviour Support Officer and then Senior Program Officer within the Department of Communities. Brett then expanded his career and moved to the Non-Government sector in 2013, Managing Disability Support programs before becoming Manager Behaviour Support and Complex Client Interventions, with STEPS Group Australia.

Over the past 30 years, Brett has developed extensive experience in providing positive behavior support to individuals who exhibit Challenging Behavior. He is highly experienced in providing specialised assistance and training to individuals with a disability, their families and staff, where the needs of an individual have been identified as complex and challenging. Brett utilised the most recent evidence based practices and employs both positive behaviour support and simple psycho-educational approach to address challenging behaviour, while maintaining an explicit focus on quality of life. He has a well-respected reputation within the community sector, due to his passion for working with individuals who have complex behavior support needs and his commitment to individualised responses.

 

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Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Kylie Martin- Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology

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Kylie is a Speech Pathologist at Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology. Having worked in the area for 15 years, Kylie has abundant experience in communication and social skills development in children with ASD and complex developmental needs. From teaching kids to talk, to using their talking to build friendships all the way to public speaking and beyond, Kylie is passionate about helping children reach for their potential.

 

In this presentation Kylie will cover the following: 

-fundamentals of communication development

-developing social language skills

-using social stories to support social language development

-top 5 ways to help your child master the art of conversation

Cost: $40 includes a light supper, tea/coffee, water and a selection of soft drink

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Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop - Eloff & Andrews Clinical Psychologists

We are pleased to welcome Dr Johann Eloff and Dr Lize Andrews!

Dr Johann Eloff and Dr Lize Andrews are both clinical psychologists with extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In their talk they will cover various practical strategies to help families cope with a diagnosis of ASD. They are also excited to share their top tips for ensuring parents maintain a healthy relationship whilst navigating the unique challenges associated with having a child on the spectrum.

Cost: $40/person including a light morning tea

Venue: The Bluff Room, Alex Surf Club

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