Burnie's Autism Specific Early Learning & Care Centre turns 5

Burnie’s Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) is celebrating 5 years of providing early intervention support to North West Coast children and their families.

When established in 2010, the centre was the only regional Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre and has since become a leading provider of autism services in Tasmania. The ASELCC provides early intervention programs to young children prior to commencing full-time school.

The ASELCC has provided early intervention to more than 150 children with autism and autism-like symptoms and their families. The centre is currently supporting 56 children and their families.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “This is a wonderful achievement for this very important centre. The support that the ASELCC provides to families is invaluable as they not only help the children, but they equip parents with the skills and information they need to care and advocate for their children. This in-turn enables the children to participate more fully in our community.”

“I have no doubt that many families over the past five years have been extremely appreciative of all the wonderful work that is done by the staff at the ASELCC,” Mayor Dow said.

Over the last five years, the centre has developed strong local partnerships with local schools, childcare centres, the Child and Family Centres in Burnie and Devonport, the Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Education’s Early Childhood Intervention Services to help identify children in need of early intervention prior to receiving a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

According to Kathryn Fordyce, Manager of ASELCC, the centre has also played an integral role in autism research and raising awareness within the community.

“The ASELCC has contributed to autism research through its partnerships with the University of Tasmania Rural Clinical School and the Autism CRC (a national research collaborative). We have also been able to improve the understanding of autism in our community through a variety of community events such as the Go Blue for Autism Family Fun day,” Ms Fordyce said.

“We also contribute significantly to university and Vocational Education and Training (VET) education by hosting over 15 student placements each year including medical, speech pathology and children services students,” she said.

“The staff at the centre are very proud of the work that they do, in not only helping the children and their families, but also about helping to raise awareness about autism and the assistance that is available.”

To celebrate their fifth birthday, the ASELCC is hosting a party for all past and present children, families, staff and supporters on Friday 17 July at the Hellyer College Gym at 11.30am to 2.00pm. Those with a personal or professional connection with the ASELCC are welcome to attend. The BBQ and drinks have been kindly donated by the Rapid Relief Team.

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net