Testimonial 1

Previously we have attended the Children's Special Christmas Party held in Brisbane. That was until 2 years ago when we decided to attend the Steps Autism Treehouse Christmas Party. A couple of reasons led us to this decision:

1) Location - it is much more convenient to travel to Kawana then it is to Brisbane. Especially with a child who becomes over stimulated.

2) Atmosphere - Holding an event in doors, with crowds of people, different smells and sounds etc is a sensory overload that we have chosen to avoid.

Holding an event outdoors with quiet zones is a welcomed event for our family.

The sunshine coast needs a community event like this to bring families together who would otherwise at times feel alone.

We intend to make this a new family tradition as the smiles and laughter from my daughter are well worth it.

Thank you.

Testimonial 3

I am writing to let you know that my kids have loved attending the Autism Treehouse Christmas Party for the last 2 years and they are very much looking forward to it again this year.

As a family of 6 with 4 children under 6yrs, including our 6yo with autism, 4yo with 6 food allergies and 2yo twins - 1 of which has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, attending carnivals, shows and parties is very challenging for us and stressful. Having the opportunity to attend the Treehouse Christmas party which gives our children access to rides and activities that they had never done before, with short queues and close by amenities is so amazing. We feel so blessed to have this fantastic event here on the coast. It is not only wonderful for our ASD children who struggle to stay in queues and give rides a go that may provide sensory challenges, but it is also great to be able to share this event with our typical friends and family too. We would be devastated to lose such a great event in our community. And my children would be so disappointed too. We love seeing their happy faces as they try new things and enjoy the day. It is also a great start to the festive season. We very much hope Steps Autism Treehouse is able to continue this wonderful event for years to come.

Testimonial 2

We attended STEPS Autism Treehouse Xmas party last year and our whole family had a great time. We have 3 boys, 1 ASD and 2 NTs. They all had fun. We couldn't have enough of the water slide, the slip'n'slide and the merry go round. My ASD boy didn't want to have anything to do with Santa and the guys from Star Wars, but that's ok. It was nice not being judged or looked at when we got a bit too silly and overexcited or afraid. The atmosphere was relaxed and positive. STEPS Autism Treehouse did a wonderful job getting our families together and making the day memorable. We will be back this year again!

Thank you for all your support.