For the early years
For families and caregivers of young autistic children (or showing early signs) and the professionals who support them.
Resources produced by OTARC researchers
Autistic Girls in the Early Childhood
This free five-part video series produced by Yellow Ladybugs in collaboration with the Uniting Preschool Field Officer Program explores:
- Autism and girls in early childhood
- Autistic girls in the early childhood environment
- ‘Behaviour’ and Autistic girls in early childhood
- Neuro-affirming ways early childhood educators can support Autistic girls
- Transitioning into an early learning setting and/or school for Autistic girls.
Autism 101: What does it mean for an Autism intervention to be evidence-based?
Explore this complex issue by looking at history, approaches, as well as areas of ongoing debate in the establishment of evidence-based interventions for Autism.
Healthy Mothers Healthy Families (HMHF)
Access a free online course for mothers to help you find balance in your physical and mental wellbeing.
What is Autism?
A free online course for people who interact or engage with Autistic people and communities, created by AMAZE.
Autism: What Next?
A clear and concise website with step-by-step content for each stage of the Autism journey, including:
- road to diagnosis
- early intervention
- NDIS & funding
- choosing a school.
Early Days Workshops – for parents and carers
This is a national program for parents who suspect their child is showing signs of Autism, have concerns about their child's development or have a diagnosis of Autism.
Parents, grandparents and carers of young children aged 0-6 years are welcome to participate in the Early Days program. Workshops and webinars are free to attend and held in each state and territory.
Raising Children Network – parent guide to therapies
OTARC researchers contributed content to this Federal Government-supported parenting website. This section guides parents through the process of choosing the most appropriate therapies for their children.
We CareTM Workshops
We CareTM workshops are an evidence-based and proven support program for parents / caregivers who have a child who is recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, neurodevelopmental conditions or developmental delays.
Child and parent disability services
This page provides links to a range of child and parent disability services, resources and support organisations.
Help is in your Hands website – intervention at home
This free website contains 16 video modules to help parents add simple intervention practices to their everyday routines at home. Based on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), developed by Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, these videos demonstrate simple but effective strategies that parents can use in their daily care of children.
Free Online Course – for parents and carers
Aimed at parents, family members and support people, this comprehensive self-paced free online course, has resources and activities designed to be completed over six weeks. It was created by Swinburne University and launched in 2015.
Support groups for carers - Victoria
A list of support groups in Victoria for carers maintained by Amaze.
Providing current, relevant and evidence informed information through workshops and online resources. Includes a comprehensive section of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as CALD communities.
Early intervention options
Autism Awareness Australia outlines the types of interventions available and provides brief reviews of the main evidence-based kinds